October 13, 2014 |
HOUSTON, Pa. - Philadelphia's reindustrialization starts 300 miles away at a sprawling processing plant in Southwestern Pennsylvania where liquid fuels extracted from Marcellus Shale gas begin a cross-state journey to the Delaware River. In the last five years, a forest of metal distillation towers has sprung up like a poplar grove from the Washington County countryside, surrounded by rows of cylindrical storage tanks. The complex, owned by MarkWest Energy Partners of Denver, separates high-value liquid fuels such as propane and butane from the "wet" natural gas produced near here, the sweetest spot in the prolific Marcellus Shale formation.
September 22, 2014 |
As blasts from cannons filled the air, dozens of 18th-century reenactors swarmed Marcus Hook on Saturday, harking back to an era when the Delaware River community was a haven for plundering pirates, including the notorious Blackbeard. Hundreds turned out under sunny skies for the sixth annual Pirate Festival, a daylong waterfront event to raise money to preserve the Marcus Hook Plank House, a 1700s property that, according to legend, belonged to one of Blackbeard's mistresses, Margaret.
August 23, 2014 |
Despite an adverse advisory opinion that its Mariner East pipeline does not qualify as a public utility, Sunoco Logistics Partners is plowing ahead with plans to develop the Marcellus Shale project. The Philadelphia company, in a filing this week, urged the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to reject a recommendation from two PUC administrative law judges that its Marcellus pipeline is not a public utility. The company, which is repurposing a petroleum pipeline to transport Marcellus Shale ethane and propane to Marcus Hook, said the judges' recommendation in July was "clearly erroneous" and misinterprets previous court and PUC rulings.
August 10, 2014 |
Another European firm has signed a deal to buy Marcellus Shale gas liquids, advancing plans to build a second Pennsylvania pipeline to supply an export terminal in Marcus Hook. The Austrian petrochemical company Borealis said Thursday it had signed a 10-year contract to buy ethane produced from the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. The liquid, a raw material in plastics production, would be piped across Pennsylvania and loaded onto ships bound for Sweden at a Sunoco Logistics Partners terminal in Marcus Hook.
June 12, 2014 |
An array of critics has challenged Sunoco Pipeline L.P.'s attempt to win crucial public utility status for its embattled Mariner East pipeline by recasting the local benefits of the project. Several advocacy groups filed objections with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission before Monday's deadline, calling on the PUC to reject Sunoco's application to declare its cross-state pipeline a public utility, which would allow it to bypass local zoning controls. Sunoco is repurposing an 83-year-old refined-products pipeline to transport Marcellus Shale natural-gas liquids to Marcus Hook, where most of the material - ethane and propane - would be exported.
May 27, 2014 |
Marie Horn's front porch offers a panoramic view of the Delaware River and riverfront park in Marcus Hook. Her back deck overlooks a different scene: empty lots, with curb cuts and street lights prepared for 11 more houses. The land has long sat vacant, as a nonprofit group struggles to find interested builders or buyers to complete a neighborhood of brightly colored colonials along the river, bookended by a refinery and a former refinery property. Horn's house is just one of three built in the last few years.
May 15, 2014 |
A BOOZE-FUELED fight left a Delaware County woman so disoriented Monday night that she wandered into the path of an Amtrak train, authorities said yesterday. That woman, identified by a law-enforcement source as Laura Dehart, 50, of Folcroft, was pronounced dead at Crozer-Chester Medical Center late Monday after being struck near SEPTA's Marcus Hook station just after 6 p.m. How Dehart ended up on the tracks wasn't clear, but an employee of the nearby Star Hotel said yesterday that the woman and her boyfriend - who lives in an extended-stay room at the establishment - had gotten into a dispute Monday night and that alcohol was involved.
May 1, 2014 |
Sunoco Pipeline L.P. said Tuesday that it was switching strategies in its effort to move Marcellus Shale products to Marcus Hook and avoid local zoning hurdles. The company said it was withdrawing an application for a controversial pumping station in Chester County on its cross-state pipeline called Mariner East. Instead, Sunoco is concentrating on getting the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to rule that it is a public utility corporation and therefore exempt from cumbersome local zoning.
April 21, 2014 |
It is out with the old and in with the new at the 500-acre waterfront facility formerly known as the Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery, now the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex. Workers last week ripped down aging petroleum-processing equipment, part of a labyrinth of machinery that has produced gasoline, diesel, and kerosene for more than a century. Other crews built cryogenic storage tanks more than 130 feet tall with three-foot-thick walls that will hold the future: new fuels from the prolific Marcellus Shale region.
April 5, 2014 |
An elaborate plan by Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. to transport Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids by pipeline across Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook is running into resistance. The company's subsidiary, Sunoco Pipeline L.P., last month filed an application with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to sidestep local zoning restrictions to build pump and valve control stations in 31 municipalities crossed by the pipeline. Sunoco Pipeline argues that it is a "public utility corporation," and that the PUC can exempt the construction of the above-ground structure from local zoning if it determines the buildings are "reasonably necessary for the convenience or welfare of the public.