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December 28, 1989 | By Dan Stets, Inquirer Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this article
Prices of residential heating oil soared to record levels throughout the Northeast yesterday, prompting some elected officials to wonder whether manipulation of price and supply was behind the increase. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, prices rose to an average of about $1.30 a gallon yesterday as winter maintained its icy grip on the area. In some parts of New England, prices were at their highest levels ever - as much as $1.62 gallon in some places, and government officials voiced suspicion that the cold snap was not the only reason for the increases.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2009 | By Andrew Maykuth INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sunoco Home Comfort Services pitches itself as the only refiner in America that delivers home-heating oil direct to its customers. Not anymore. Sunoco Inc. announced yesterday that it had sold its heating-oil and propane-distribution business to Superior Plus Corp. of Calgary, Alberta, for $82.5 million, giving the Canadian company nearly 100,000 retail customers in Pennsylvania and New York state, including 20,000 in the Philadelphia area. The Philadelphia oil refiner said it was getting out of the retail heating-oil business to focus on refining and marketing motor fuel.
BUSINESS
October 20, 1991 | By Julia C. Martinez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fuel dealer Gene Waldman likes to divide the heating-oil season between gravy and meat and potatoes. The early and late months of the season are gravy months, with mild, unappetizing weather and lukewarm sales. The middle months are meat-and- potatoes months, with generous helpings of cold weather and hearty sales. At least they're supposed to be. Last winter amounted to one big plate of gravy, says Waldman, co-owner of Stott Waldman Oil Co., of Philadelphia. The winter before was only slightly better.
BUSINESS
January 29, 1988 | By Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two more heating-oil companies were named yesterday in a widening investigation of price-fixing in Bucks County's home heating-oil business. Pennsylvania Attorney General LeRoy S. Zimmerman yesterday filed suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia charging seven fuel-oil companies and their principal executives with violating the Sherman Antitrust Act for conspiring to fix the price of home heating oil in lower Bucks County. The suit came a day after a federal grand jury indicted five heating-oil companies and 10 individuals on a felony charge of participating in the price- fixing scheme.
NEWS
January 7, 1990
LET THE RICH PAY FULL SHARE OF SOCIAL SECURITY Social Security taxes went up again, and, as usual, the little guy making $20,000 is paying almost 8 percent of his salary and the $100,000 wage earner a mere 4 percent because the system has a cut-off salary of $51,300. Why not do away with the salary limit and collect a lesser percentage from everyone, regardless of salary, on a year-round basis? Let the fat cats, who can better afford it, eliminate the deficit. Norma La Grossa Philadelphia ARE OIL COMPANIES COLLUDING?
NEWS
October 4, 2004
I WAS GLAD to see an article on the skyrocketing oil prices in the Daily News. Homeowners need to be aware that oil prices are at an all-time high and show no signs of decreasing. I wanted to write about our program, PIRG Fuel Buyers, which provides a way for homeowners to save money on their heating oil bills. PIRG Fuel Buyers saves its members money through collective buying power. By negotiating oil prices with suppliers, our co-op can offer savings of up to $200 a winter to its members.
NEWS
August 12, 1986 | By Fen Montaigne, Inquirer Staff Writer
An undetermined quantity of heating oil from the Budd Co. plant on Hunting Park Avenue spilled through a sewer line and into the Schuylkill yesterday, and officials were watching the slick to see whether it threatened one of the city's three drinking-water intake plants. A spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Resources said that the spill was minor and that no fish or wildlife appeared to have been harmed. Budd Co. hired Underwater Technics of Camden to clean up the spill.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1987 | By SUSAN GUREVITZ, Special to the Daily News
Heating oil prices are up over last winter, but even with the increase, keeping your home warm this winter will be a bargain compared with the costs of a few years ago. The Department of Energy expects heating oil bought by homeowners this winter will average 85 cents a gallon, about 10 cents more than last winter's price. In 1985, the average price was $1.13 a gallon. The price this winter could go as high as 93 cents a gallon, or as low as 78 cents a gallon, depending upon the price of crude oil, according to the department's Energy Information Administration short-term outlook.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
By July 2015, all home heating oil sold in Philadelphia would have to meet new sulfur limits unanimously passed Thursday by City Council. The limits would "make a tangible difference in the health of our citizens" by improving air quality, said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the measure. It now goes to Mayor Nutter, who is expected to sign it. The bill was intended to put the city in alignment with sulfur standards in surrounding states - so the city would not become a dumping ground for dirtier fuel - but the timetable actually moves the city to the forefront.
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January 4, 2016
Steve Yetiv is a professor of international relations at Old Dominion University and the author of "Myths of the Oil Boom: American National Security in a Global Energy Market" Oil prices have fallen dramatically to the mid-$30s on the New York Mercantile Exchange from more than $105 per barrel in 2014. Such extraordinarily low prices are affecting global stock markets, big oil exporters, and consumers worldwide. How can we explain this crash, and where are oil prices headed?
BUSINESS
September 7, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. oil boom has been a salvation for the Philadelphia area's embattled refineries, creating an abundant source of discounted petroleum that instantly improved their competitiveness. Those refiners now fear that a movement in Congress to lift a ban on exporting crude oil will erase their newfound market advantage. They worry that overseas refiners will gobble up U.S. crude and sell it back to Americans in the form of gasoline, diesel, and heating oil. "By lifting export restrictions and sending our crude overseas, we would be sending American jobs overseas, as well," Jeffrey Warmann, chief executive of Monroe Energy refinery in Trainer, testified at a Senate Energy Committee hearing in March.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edmund E. Anyzek Sr., 80, of Gloucester City, owner of Anyzek Fuel there since 1957, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday, March 10, at Virtua Marlton Hospital. Born in Camden, Mr. Anyzek graduated from Camden High School and worked for a time at the former GAF paper mill in Gloucester City. In 1957, he became owner of the firm founded by his father, Edward S., in 1932. "We specialize in residential and commercial heating oil and diesel fuel deliveries," Mr. Anyzek's son, Edmund E. Jr., said.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
By July 2015, all home heating oil sold in Philadelphia would have to meet new sulfur limits unanimously passed Thursday by City Council. The limits would "make a tangible difference in the health of our citizens" by improving air quality, said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the measure. It now goes to Mayor Nutter, who is expected to sign it. The bill was intended to put the city in alignment with sulfur standards in surrounding states - so the city would not become a dumping ground for dirtier fuel - but the timetable actually moves the city to the forefront.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A measure to reduce sulfur in home heating oil - saving lives and health-care dollars, as well as easing air pollution, its advocates say - passed unanimously out of Philadelphia City Council's environment committee Wednesday and heads to the full Council today. The bill, proposed by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, would lower the sulfur limit from 2,000 parts per million - a level passed in 1978 - to 15 parts per million, putting the city in line with neighboring states. Only Pennsylvania has a higher limit - 500 parts per million.
NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A charitable fund used primarily to buy heating oil for poor elderly Philadelphians may be out of money within a week. "It's very dire," said Holly Lange, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Corp. for Aging (PCA), which administers the Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians on behalf of a coalition of 22 social-service agencies. The fund is considered a service of last resort - the safety net beneath all other safety nets - because people can receive payments from it only if they have already exhausted government programs that provide energy assistance.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 20, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 6, 2011 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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