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February 26, 2013 | By Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - BP bears most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico because it cut corners and put profit ahead of safety, a U.S. Justice Department attorney charged Monday at the opening of a high-stakes trial that could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay billions more in damages. The London-based oil giant acknowledged that it made "errors in judgment" before the deadly blowout, but it also cast blame on the owner of the drilling rig and the contractor involved in cementing the well.
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April 29, 1990 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
John J. Doran, 83, of Chesterbrook, who worked for 43 years with Gulf Oil Corp.'s supply and transportation department in Philadelphia and Boston, died Friday at Paoli Memorial Hospital. Born in North Attleboro, Mass., he had been a resident of Strafford and Chesterbrook for 28 years. He was a graduate of Bryant and Stratton College, in Providence, R.I., where he earned a degree as an accountant in business administration in 1929. He volunteered for service in the Army Air Corps early in World War II and was quickly commissioned as a lieutenant.
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November 17, 2012 | By Sam Wood, BREAKING NEWS DESK
VENICE, La. - Coast Guard officials said an oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, sending four people to hospitals Friday. Two others were believed to be missing.  Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, did not immediately have information on the conditions of those taken to hospitals.  The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.  ...
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July 24, 1987 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Rudolph Haeberle, a retired engineer for the Gulf Oil Co. who was known to family and friends as "Uncle Rudy," died Tuesday. He was 99 and lived in Havertown, Delaware County. A bachelor, Haeberle was born in Philadelphia and lived most of his life in Darby. He retired from Gulf Oil Co. in 1957 after working for many years as a stationary engineer. For the next 30 years he enjoyed a full retirement helping family and friends with his skills. "He could do anything," said Louise R. Wallace, a niece who was partly raised by her uncle and who took care of him for the last 19 years.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Jim Polson and Brian Swint, Bloomberg News
Plains Exploration & Production Co. agreed to buy BP P.L.C.'s and Royal Dutch Shell P.L.C.'s stakes in a group of Gulf of Mexico oil fields for $6.1 billion, doubling crude production in its biggest acquisition since 2007. BP, which has been selling assets after causing the worst marine oil spill in U.S. history, sold its fields for $5.55 billion. Shell sold its stake in a field co-owned with BP for $560 million, according to a statement. The acquisition amount is larger than Houston-based Plains' market value.
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December 21, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
George L. Schrufer, 72, a firefighter who survived one of the worst blazes in Philadelphia history, died Thursday, Dec. 18, at his home in Bridesburg. He had suffered numerous health issues since being injured in the massive Gulf Oil refinery fire in 1975. Mr. Schrufer had been a firefighter for nine years when vapor from a Gulf Oil tanker ignited at the South Philadelphia refinery on Aug. 17, 1975. Eight firefighters were killed in the blaze, and Mr. Schrufer was disabled. An officer at the scene of the blaze told Mr. Schrufer's daughter Charlene Schrufer Rothe that when the tank blew, "everybody was running from the building, but my dad ran into the building to save the people from his engine.
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May 12, 1994 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Harry Rick Jr., 89, who retired at age 65 and then pursued a second career as an usher at the Academy of Music for the last 24 years, died Wednesday at West Jersey Hospital-Voorhees. Mr. Rick, who was born in Philadelphia, was a longtime Haddonfield resident. He was a payroll clerk for Gulf Oil Co. in Philadelphia until retiring. "He was an easygoing guy and everybody liked him," said Andy Pantano, the Academy's head usher. "He was a very pleasing man and a very kind man. He was very pleasant with people.
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December 9, 1991 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, Special to The Inquirer
John J. Aloise, 76, better known as "Johnny Brown the Barber" at his Johnny's Barber Shop at Sixth and Kimball Streets in South Philadelphia for more than 40 years, died yesterday at West Jersey Hospital-Marlton. Mr. Aloise retired recently because of heart problems, said his daughter, Angela Celentano. "They (customers) still ask if he was coming back," she said. "They use to love to come to him because it was the typical old-style barber shop. " Mr. Aloise was born and raised in the South Philadelphia neighborhood and once belonged to the Second Ward Bocce Club at Sixth Street and Washington Avenue.
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June 14, 1987 | By I. F. Stone
The biggest threat to Persian Gulf oil comes from President Reagan's impulsive and unpredictable policies as he lurches from one side to another of the Iran-Iraqi war and in the hysteria he has whipped up about the world's oil supplies. Actually almost seven grueling years of the war have had remarkably little effect on the oil market. Consumer nations have been able to pay for gulf oil with booming sales of weaponry and "nonlethal" military equipment to both sides. Indeed for most of that period the Saudis have obligingly turned on the taps and created both an oil glut and a price drop only now leveling off. The effect, and perhaps the purpose, has been to reduce Iran's oil income while the Saudis and the other Arab oil states have provided literally billions in credits to the Iraqis.
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December 21, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
George L. Schrufer, 72, a firefighter who survived one of the worst blazes in Philadelphia history, died Thursday, Dec. 18, at his home in Bridesburg. He had suffered numerous health issues since being injured in the massive Gulf Oil refinery fire in 1975. Mr. Schrufer had been a firefighter for nine years when vapor from a Gulf Oil tanker ignited at the South Philadelphia refinery on Aug. 17, 1975. Eight firefighters were killed in the blaze, and Mr. Schrufer was disabled. An officer at the scene of the blaze told Mr. Schrufer's daughter Charlene Schrufer Rothe that when the tank blew, "everybody was running from the building, but my dad ran into the building to save the people from his engine.
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February 26, 2013 | By Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - BP bears most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico because it cut corners and put profit ahead of safety, a U.S. Justice Department attorney charged Monday at the opening of a high-stakes trial that could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay billions more in damages. The London-based oil giant acknowledged that it made "errors in judgment" before the deadly blowout, but it also cast blame on the owner of the drilling rig and the contractor involved in cementing the well.
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November 18, 2012 | By Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - Two oil workers remained lost at sea Saturday, a day after a torch being used to cut an oil pipe ignited a blaze that severely burned four others workers on a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The four burned workers are in critical but stable condition. Meanwhile, officials said no oil was leaking from the charred platform, a relief for Gulf Coast residents still weary two years after the BP oil spill illustrated the risk offshore drilling poses to the region's ecosystem and economy.
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November 17, 2012 | By Sam Wood, BREAKING NEWS DESK
VENICE, La. - Coast Guard officials said an oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, sending four people to hospitals Friday. Two others were believed to be missing.  Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, did not immediately have information on the conditions of those taken to hospitals.  The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.  ...
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Jim Polson and Brian Swint, Bloomberg News
Plains Exploration & Production Co. agreed to buy BP P.L.C.'s and Royal Dutch Shell P.L.C.'s stakes in a group of Gulf of Mexico oil fields for $6.1 billion, doubling crude production in its biggest acquisition since 2007. BP, which has been selling assets after causing the worst marine oil spill in U.S. history, sold its fields for $5.55 billion. Shell sold its stake in a field co-owned with BP for $560 million, according to a statement. The acquisition amount is larger than Houston-based Plains' market value.
NEWS
August 24, 2012 | By Jay Weaver, Miami Herald
MIAMI - Not a single drop of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico touched the landlocked city of Homestead, Fla., or the Keys peninsula to the south. But a Homestead businessman saw the April 2010 oil-rig explosion and subsequent environmental disaster as an opportunity to cash in, authorities say. Jean Mari Lindor filed about $15 million in BP damage claims for himself and others for wages purportedly lost because of the spill's economic effects on the region's tourism and fishing industries.
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March 22, 2012
Need civil discussion on climate Amid the questionable reasoning and unhelpful sarcasm in Charles Krauthammer's commentary "Here's seaweed in your tank" (Monday), it is disturbing to find not even a passing reference to the consequences of our fossil-fuel consumption. I don't know whether Krauthammer thinks he knows better than the overwhelming majority of the world's climate scientists or whether he thinks we need not be concerned about the world we leave our descendants. If conservatives showed any interest in conserving the only ecosystem we have evolved to inhabit, or, if you prefer, that God created for us, then perhaps we could have the kind of civil discussion needed to make the hard decisions.
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July 3, 2010 | By Fred Tasker, McClatchy Newspapers
MIAMI - The first hint that the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could be nearing an end was voiced Friday by the former Coast Guard admiral in charge there. By July 15, a new, better cap might replace the present leaky cap on the broken BP well - temporarily containing all of the oil, said retired Adm. Thad Allen. A decision on whether to go ahead with it will be made in about a week, he said. And the relief well counted on to permanently seal the oil leak is a week ahead of its early-August schedule, he said.
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June 20, 2010 | By Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON - Despite President Obama's promises of better safeguards for offshore drilling, federal regulators continue to approve plans for oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico with minimal or no environmental analysis. The Interior Department's Minerals Management Service has signed off on at least five new offshore drilling projects since June 2, when the agency's acting director announced tougher safety regulations for drilling in the gulf, a McClatchy Newspapers review of public records has found.
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