June 23, 2012 |
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved the transfer of pipelines connected with the ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer, removing an obstacle to the refinery's sale to Delta Air Lines Inc. The PUC approved the late-hour request on a fast track after the companies involved in the sale realized that some pipelines came under the jurisdiction of the utility commission, and that regulatory approval was required. The application was filed on May 25. Commission chairman Robert F. Powelson extolled the PUC's contribution to efforts to assist in the Delaware County refinery's sale, which is being supported with $30 million in grants from the Corbett administration.
March 20, 2012 |
Devon Crawford was happy to run into some of his old coworkers Monday, but he wished they were meeting a few miles away along the Delaware River, amid the grit and refinery flares. "It's unfortunate that we have to see each other like we're seeing each other," he told them. The occasion was a congressional hearing in Aston Township, Delaware County, on the closing of oil refineries in nearby Trainer and Marcus Hook and an impending shutdown in South Philadelphia. Crawford, the father of boys 10 and 14 who worked as a pump operator at ConocoPhillips in Trainer, is among the hundreds who have lost their jobs.
July 6, 2011 |
Boyd C. Davis Jr., a former West Chester Borough Council member and a scion of a gasoline and heating-oil fortune, was arrested Tuesday on charges of "massive theft" from the estates of his parents, Boyd Davis Sr. and Nelda Wynn Davis. Chester County Deputy District Attorney Ronald Yen said the case against Davis, 70, included allegations of forgery and receiving stolen property "in excess of $100,000" from fraudulent transactions made primarily between 2006 and 2007. The 45-page affidavit of probable cause details 105 instances in which Davis is alleged to have used his power of attorney to misappropriate money from his parents' accounts, or put up their properties as collateral.
April 22, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The city will phase out the use of polluting heavy oils to heat buildings and will begin building solar power plants on capped landfills, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday in his first update to a four-year-old environmental plan that aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 30 percent by 2030. Under the plan, the phaseout of heavy oils from New York City's boilers would start right away and be completed by 2030. It would reduce the presence of airborne fine particulate matter, which the city says is killing 3,000 residents each year and forcing 6,000 to seek emergency asthma treatment.
March 11, 2011 |
Not much change in the cost of regular no-lead gas in the five-county Philadelphia area, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The average remained at $3.56 Friday, although that's 9 cents more than last Friday. South Jersey's average was up 1 cent overnight, to $3.37, the auto club reported. That's also 9 cents more than a week ago. The U.S. average was $3.54, up 1 cent overnight and 7 cents since last Friday. Meanwhile, oil prices continued to slide, dropping below $100 per barrel for the first time in more than a week, after a massive earthquake spawned a tsunami that slammed into northern Japan.
March 10, 2011 |
The U.S. average for regular no-lead gas is $3.53 after rising by 1 cent overnight, AAA Mid-Atlantic reported Thursday. That represents a 10-cent increase in one week. The five-county Philadelphia region also saw its average go up by 1 cent, to $3.56. That's 13 cents more than a week ago. South Jersey's average is $3.36, unchanged overnight but 11 cents higher than a week ago. The U.S. average for diesel is 1 cent more today: $3.91. The Philly area's is unchanged overnight at $4.10; South Jersey's went up 1 cent, to $3.81.
March 8, 2011 |
Gas prices averaged 1 cent higher today, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, a continuation of advancing prices but a slowdown from some recent periods of prices increasing by 4 to 6 cents in a day. The U.S. average was $3.52 a gallon for regular no-lead. The five-county Philadelphia area was averaging $3.53. South Jersey's average was $3.35. Meanwhile, oil prices retreated as OPEC ministers discussed whether to ramp up oil production in the wake of the Libyan uprising. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery fell $1.64 to $103.
January 19, 2011 |
A Paulsboro woman who worked as an administrator for a state-run heating-assistance program for the poor conceded that she filed false applications to receive benefits for herself, authorities said Tuesday. Denise Nicole Johnson, 36, was ordered to repay $23,000 after she pleaded guilty to official misconduct before Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson in Gloucester County. Johnson was a local administrator, serving Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties, for New Jersey's Home Energy Assistance Program from February 2005 through September 2006.