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NEWS
February 28, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
MARCUS HOOK has long been a quintessential company town, joined at the hip with the iconic Philadelphia company Sunoco for more than a century. With imminent closure of Sunoco's refinery there, most of the 590 workers get their last paychecks Wednesday. Now, fear is seeping into in this quaint, tight-knit, working-class burg in Delaware County - fear that it could turn into a modern-day ghost town. When Sunoco said in September that it would dump the last of its remaining refining operations and focus on oil pipelines and fuel retailing, local workers and residents hoped a buyer would emerge for the 110-year-old, 175,000-barrel-per-day refinery.
NEWS
March 30, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mayor of Marcus Hook, charged last week with holding an acquaintance hostage during a drunken encounter at his home, has decided not to run for reelection. The borough council had asked James Schiliro, 38, to step down, but he declined. He recently filed paperwork to run for reelection, but now has withdrawn his nominating petition, Delaware County officials said Thursday. He is out on bail on charges of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, furnishing alcohol to someone under 21, and official oppression.
NEWS
September 22, 1991 | By Robert F. O'Neill, Special to The Inquirer
It's pretty tough to keep a good town down. Take Marcus Hook, for example. It has been bombarded by the British, pillaged by pirates and invaded by Warlock bikers, and it still bounces back stronger than ever. Joke all you want about the Hook and its aromatic refineries - and many Philadelphians do - it doesn't upset the locals. They love the town the way parents love a baby, because it is their own. Life there, like the river it bounds, just goes on. And now Marcus Hook is planning a centennial celebration, 100 years of progress - and jokes - since it split from Lower Chichester in 1892.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Now that Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. has taken ownership of the closed Marcus Hook refinery, the pipeline company has big plans for the Delaware River industrial site. Sunoco Logistics chief executive Michael J. Hennigan provided analysts with details Thursday about how the pipeline and terminal company plans to repurpose the refinery as a hub for shipping liquid fuels produced from natural-gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shales. "We plan to create a world-class natural-gas liquids hub on the East Coast," Hennigan said.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
An unidentified person was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Saturday evening at the Marcus Hook station, officials said. Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said an Acela train traveling north with 93 passengers hit the individual at 5:36 p.m. Kulm said he had no information about the victim. A police officer in Marcus Hook declined to provide any information. No one on the train was injured, Kulm said. One of four tracks through the Delaware County borough reopened at 6:30. The remaining three reopened at 7:58.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Consol Energy Inc. on Thursday announced it will export Marcellus Shale ethane to a European petrochemical producer through Sunoco Logistics' Delaware River port in Marcus Hook. The agreement with Consol is the second for Ineos Europe AG, part of the Ineos Group, to export ethane from Western Pennsylvania through the Sunoco Logistics Mariner East pipeline, which is scheduled to come on line later this year. Ineos announced plans in 2012 to buy ethane from Range Resources for shipment to its plant in Norway.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A European petrochemical producer has entered into a 15-year agreement to ship Marcellus Shale ethane to Norway from a Sunoco Logistics terminal in Marcus Hook. INEOS Europe, which is based in Switzerland, announced that it has signed a deal with Evergas, a Danish shipping company, to build and operate vessels to transport super-cooled ethane to chemical plants called "crackers" in Europe. Ethane, a derivative of natural gas, is used to manufacture plastics. Sunoco Logistics is modifying a pipeline to deliver ethane and other shale-gas products from western Pennsylvania to the former Sunoco refinery site in Marcus Hook.
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | By Michael Hinkelman, Daily News Staff Writer
More than 100 workers at Sunoco's idled refinery in Marcus Hook have been told not to report to work next week, the company said. The workers have not been laid off and will be paid through the end of the month, said Sunoco spokesman Thomas Golembeski. He said the workers were told not to come to work beginning Monday because there was nothing for them to do. Sunoco idled the Marcus Hook refinery Dec. 1 and is winding down operations at the refinery. It's unclear how long that process will take, and about 200 hourly workers remain.
NEWS
August 16, 2012
A Delaware County man died and his 2-year-old child was injured when they fell from a seawall in Ocean City, Md., on Tuesday. Stephan Richard Ostan, 49, of Marcus Hook, was walking with the toddler along the wall by the inlet when they apparently fell onto rocks below. Passersby rescued the child, who was found clinging to the rocks. The child, who was not identified by police, was treated at a nearby hospital. Osten, who suffered a head injury, was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Ocean City police.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
The Delaware County Industrial Development Authority on Wednesday announced it has contracted with IHS Global Inc. to study potential uses for the 781-acre Sunoco Inc. Marcus Hook complex. The $100,000 study, which the Delaware County Council has agreed to finance, is expected to be completed in a month. Sunoco shut down its refinery in December, but says it has received no credible offers to operate the site as a refinery. IHS Global, an international information company with experts in energy, economics, sustainability and supply-chain management, is based in Colorado and has local offices in Eddystone.
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