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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
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.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
U.S. investors squeezed by low bond yields and discouraged by the volatile stock market have pumped more than $50 billion into business development companies, or BDCs, in the last 10 years, in hopes of earning more. BDCs typically invest in debt sold by U.S. middle-market companies, including private-equity merger targets, energy-development projects, and mainstream companies that don't qualify for cheap bank loans. For the hope of higher, steadier interest yields, BDC investors often pay high broker fees.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
With last year's crash in oil prices, less crude is moving by train, creating a surplus of idle rail cars that have become opportunistic vessels for some traders storing petroleum until prices recover. "There are a lot of people looking to do it," said Dennis A. Hoskins, managing partner of crude marketing at Energy Midstream, a Texas trading company that recently stored a light crude-oil derivative called condensate in rail cars for 15 days before shipping it to Canada. Though no government agency maintains data on the practice, the use of so-called rolling storage for crude oil does not appear to be widespread.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
In the latest legal battle over Pennsylvania's oil and gas law, lawyers representing local townships and the state squared off Wednesday before the state Supreme Court to mop up unfinished business left after the court's landmark 2013 decision striking down statewide zoning for oil and gas activity. Meeting in Philadelphia, the justices heard a plea to overturn a lower-court ruling that allowed some limits on what doctors can disclose about proprietary chemicals used in gas drilling, a ruling opponents call the "physician gag order.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
The economic impact of the oil bust has radiated beyond the exploration industry: Sunoco L.P. said Thursday that a decline in sales at its Stripes brand convenience stores in Texas oil-drilling areas held down its earnings. With the decline in oil exploration, Sunoco said, there was a noted drop in sales of diesel and merchandise at its stores in West Texas and South Texas. "It's just a reality of life with the reduced activity in the oil patch that our sales are down and they are going to stay that way until we see some recovery in commodity prices and activity," Robert W. Owens, Sunoco's chief executive, said during a quarterly earnings call with analysts.
FOOD
February 26, 2016
Serves 4 1/2 pound halloumi cheese 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup Dukkah 1. Drain the halloumi and slice it into four 1/2-inch thick portions. Pat the cheese slabs dry with paper towels. 2. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. When it's just beginning to smoke, add the halloumi and cook for 2 minutes, or until well-browned on the bottom. Turn the halloumi slabs over with a spatula, taking care not to splash the hot oil. Brown them on the other side.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
The number of ships importing crude oil to the Philadelphia area increased 19 percent in 2015, the latest evidence that refiners here shifted away from domestic petroleum sources during last year's oil-price crash. Authorities reported the arrival of 310 crude-oil tankers at area refineries last year, up from 260 in 2014, according to data compiled by the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay. The trade association's vessel count is only a rough measure of crude-oil movements, since the capacity of oil tankers can vary.
NEWS
February 16, 2016
ISSUE | ECONOMY Increased oil exports won't hike gas prices Contrary to business columnist Joel Naroff's analysis of U.S. crude oil exports, independent and nonpartisan studies have found that lifting the crude export ban poses no risk to low U.S. gas prices ("A slippery issue," Feb. 7). A 2015 Harvard Business School study explains that "the overall effect of lifting the oil export ban could actually reduce global prices for gasoline by increasing the global availability of crude oil. " It's the same principle we see playing out at the gas pump, with the stable U.S. supply counterbalancing global supply disruptions that once would have sent prices soaring.
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