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June 12, 2010 | By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON - Plans to burn hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil from BP's blown-out well are raising new questions about the health and safety of the thousands of workers on rigs and vessels near the spill site. BP and the federal government are in new territory once again in dealing with the nation's worst environmental disaster: There has never been such a huge flaring of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, or possibly anywhere. The incineration of such huge amounts of oil combined with the black clouds of smoke already wafting over the gulf waters from controlled burns of surface oil create pollution hazards for the estimated 2,000 people working in the area.
NEWS
July 3, 2008 | By Sam Wood and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
An 84-year-old woman died at a Burlington County hospital Monday night two days after drinking tiki torch lamp oil that she had mistaken for apple juice. Four other people across New Jersey have gotten sick since May from accidentally drinking the amber liquid, prompting state officials to issue a health alert yesterday about the hazards of ingesting it. Officials have urged people to keep tiki torch fluid far away from foods and common areas to avoid confusion. "Lamp oil bottles closely resemble juice containers and the colors of those fluids is indistinguishable from juice," said Bruce Ruck, spokesman for the state Poison Information and Education System.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pour a few handfuls of chopped-up corn stalks or switchgrass into a hopper. Heat rapidly. Funnel the resulting mixture through an intricate network of metal pipes and canisters. Out the other end - drip, drip - comes a thick brown liquid that looks an awful lot like oil. Called bio oil, it is not quite the same as what comes out of a well. But it is close enough that government scientists think the process, called fast pyrolysis, is a promising way for farmers to enhance energy security.
NEWS
May 10, 2006
GAS PRICES will never be what they used to be, we know that. Is it just coincidental that the fictional oil crunch just happens to coincide with the introduction of hybrid automobiles? If gas were so scarce, why hasn't SEPTA had a fare increase? Yet they were going to allow a strike over healthcare benefits, something they were already paying for. Darnell Perry Sr., Philadelphia
NEWS
April 18, 2000 | By Dave Barry
If you've been to a gas station lately, you have no doubt been shocked by the prices: $1.67, $1.78, even $1.92. And that's just for Hostess Twinkies. Gas prices are even worse. Americans are ticked off about this, and with good reason: Our rights are being violated! The First Amendment clearly states: "In addition to freedom of speech, Americans shall always have low gasoline prices, so they can drive around in 'sport utility' vehicles the size of minor planets. " And don't let any so-called "economists" try to tell you that foreigners pay more for gas than we do. Foreigners use metric gasoline, which is sold in foreign units called "kilometers," plus they are paying for it with foreign currencies such as the "franc," the "lira" and the "doubloon.
NEWS
December 30, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Sometimes it seems as if America, at 238 years old, is suffering from a sort of midlife crisis that has it questioning its strength and leadership. Questioning is fine; few are pleased with Washington these days. But it was more troubling to hear some critics suggest that President Obama should be more like Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some were apparently impressed by the machismo Putin displayed in invading Ukraine even though it was morally wrong. Much of that sentiment evaporated as casualties mounted in the war Putin incited to keep Ukraine firmly in Russia's orbit rather than the European Union's.
NEWS
August 17, 1996 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The drilling rig is coming to South Philadelphia. A contractor for the Sun Co. is expected to begin sinking test wells next week in the Passyunk Homes housing project to find out how far underground petroleum has spread from a nearby military supply base. The drilling will "bore far enough down to tell where the plume is likely to be," said Rob Goldberg, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection. The immediate concern is the extent of contamination from the Defense Personnel Support Center, near the Schuylkill Expressway, rather than Sun's own property, where the company is cleaning up other plumes of oil. The base, Sun and the DEP have agreed on a need to pinpoint contamination in the area.
BUSINESS
April 27, 1986 | By Diana Henriques, Inquirer Staff Writer
It could be an oil-producing nation on the Persian Gulf: Oil taxes generate nearly 85 percent of government revenues. In the boom years, it launched scores of expensive projects - schools, roads, hospitals - all across what was once a wasteland. Now, the boom has fizzled. Per-capita income is down, and thousands of skilled workers from elsewhere are packing up to go home. Or, it could be an oil-dependent Latin American debtor nation: It owes nearly $1 billion, almost all of it due in 10 years or less.
NEWS
May 22, 2001
To me, the Arctic refuge represents everything spectacular and everything endangered about America's natural heritage: a million years of ecological serenity . . . an irreplaceable sanctuary for polar bears, white wolves and 130,000 caribou.. . .For 20,000 years - literally hundreds of generations - the native Gwich'in people have inhabited this sacred place, following the caribou herd and leaving the awe-inspiring landscape just as they found it. . . . It is a sad day indeed when our President and congressional leaders would sacrifice America's largest wildlife refuge for the sake of a possible six-month supply of national energy.
NEWS
April 12, 1989 | BY MIKE ROYKO
That's what I like," said Slats Grobnik, with a snort and a snicker. "I like a guy who doesn't make any snap decisions. " Who are you talking about? "Who else? Our new leader, the commander in chief, the great horseshoe player, President Bush. " What has brought on your sudden admiration? "Well, I just heard he said the big oil leak in Alaska is the oil company's fault, but he's going to send in troops to help clean it up anyway. " I think that is a decision we can all agree on. "Right, and what I like is he just didn't rush in there with any whatchacallits.
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NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia stockbroker pleaded guilty Wednesday to securities fraud and related charges for taking about $3 million from investors for a nonexistent import business and other ventures. William Bucci, 59, told people he was going to import high-end olive oil and wine from Italy, and promised other investment ventures. He also induced people to loan him money for a Jersey Shore house. But, according to prosecutors, he used the money mostly for his own expenses. Bucci, who lives in the city but worked in the suburbs, paid back some early investors in part with money he received from later lenders.
NEWS
May 18, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Peco should support solar power Wednesday's Business section had a brief item about a Tuesday demonstration demanding that Peco Energy Co. increase its local investment in solar power ("Peco urged to increase solar," Wednesday). Thursday's Business section had a story about Public Service Electric & Gas Co.'s significant investment in solar power and its efforts to get the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to allow more investment in solar power ("PSE&G wants to step up, charge for solar projects")
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Rail shipments of crude oil declined 44.1 percent in the first quarter compared to a year ago, according to rail traffic data released this week by the Association of American Railroads. U.S. railroads originated 63,261 carloads of crude oil in the first quarter of 2016, down 49,828 carloads or 44.1 percent from the first quarter of 2015 and down 21,664 carloads or 25.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015. Philadelphia area oil refiners, which had been a major destination for domestic crude delivered by rail, say they have switched to more imported crude delivered by ships since oil prices declined over the last year.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Protesters decrying a proposed Navy Yard oil import/export facility rallied outside the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in South Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. PES has proposed building the facility at the planned Southport Marine Terminal Complex at the eastern end of the Navy Yard. Some nearby residents and activists want the company - operator of the former Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia - to withdraw its proposal, one of six currently before landowner Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.
FOOD
May 5, 2016
Makes 16 servings 1 medium red onion, finely diced. 3 bell peppers, finely diced. (Use red, yellow, or orange pepper and bring color to your food) 3 tomatoes, finely diced, 1 bunch scallions or spring onions, finely sliced 1/2 cup olive oil Juice of 3 seeded lemons (but keep some of the pulp) Salt and pepper to taste 1. In a container with a lid, mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and shake it until becomes smooth and creamy. 2. In a bowl, mix veggies and oil-lemon mixture.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday said it was unable to determine the source of an oil sheen spotted in the Schuylkill at Walnut Street on Monday. Petty Officer 3rd class David Micallef, a Coast Guard spokesman, said the oil sheen had "naturally dissipated" by Tuesday afternoon and investigtors have been unable to locate its source. "If anything changes, we will react," he said. The oil sheen was first reported to police just before 5 p.m. Monday. Fire officials responded first and waited for the Coast Guard's hazardous materials team to arrive.
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Penn Virginia Corp., the embattled Radnor oil and gas producer, stated Friday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it is "highly likely" it will seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to restructure $1.2 billion in debt. The company, which is among many U.S. oil and gas producers in financial trouble because of low energy prices, acknowledged in its first-quarter earnings report that it is in default under its revolving credit agreement. Its lenders have agreed not to declare default until May 10 if certain conditions have been satisfied.
NEWS
April 8, 2016
COUNTRY HAM, GRILLED MELON & MINT 6 very thin slices of excellent-quality country ham (3 slices per person) 4 1/2-inch slices of ripe melon (2 slices per person), whichever variety is of the best quality at the time Handful of mint leaves Good-quality extra virgin olive oil Freshly ground pepper Preheat your grill for 10 minutes at the highest temperature. Coat the melon slices with a small amount of the olive oil and grill briefly on both sides. You are looking only to caramelize the surface of the melon slightly.
FOOD
April 8, 2016
Makes 2 servings as an appetizer 6 very thin slices of excellent-quality country ham (3 slices per person) 4 1/2-inch slices of ripe melon (2 slices per person), whichever variety is of the best quality at the time Handful of mint leaves Very good-quality extra virgin olive oil Freshly ground pepper 1. Preheat your grill for 10 minutes at the highest temperature. 2. Coat the melon slices with a small amount of the olive oil and grill briefly on both sides.
FOOD
April 1, 2016
4 servings 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided 11/3 cup pearl couscous (also known as Israeli or Middle Eastern couscous) 13/4 cup water 1 large lemon, zest and juice 1 clove garlic, finely chopped Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 lamb Merguez or other lamb sausage links 2 yellow bell peppers, seeded and quartered 2 red bell peppers, seeded and quartered 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
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