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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
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.
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.
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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September 21, 2016
ISSUE | ENVIRONMENT Block pipelines The N.J. Sierra Club plans on joining thousands of people from across the country to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access pipeline ("Consider the impact," Thursday). We are coming together on the East Coast because the fight against dangerous pipelines is not over. The Dakota Access pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels of oil through North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. It would go under the Missouri River just upstream of the tribe's drinking-water supply, where an oil spill would threaten public health and safety.
NEWS
September 16, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
A vacation on Ireland's west coast should have provided relief from the depressing realities of the U.S. election season. But it's hard to escape when every Irishman or woman you meet asks the same question, differing only in the choice of adjective: "You Americans aren't really going to elect that awful (or dangerous or bigoted) Donald Trump, are you?" My reply: "I still believe most Americans have the common sense to grasp that Trump presents the greatest threat to U.S. security and democracy since the end of the Cold War. " Anyone who doubts the threat need only observe Trump's repeated praise for Russia's Vladimir Putin, which he continued last week.
FOOD
September 16, 2016
Before the end of the summer vegetable harvest, it's time to stock up on favorites like zucchini, tomatoes, and corn. Especially corn. Here, corn finds its perfect companion with juicy shrimp. Most dishes featuring these ingredients highlight the harmony among them, like these corn and shrimp pancakes. Corn and Shrimp Silver-Dollar Pancakes with Avocado Crema Makes 16 pancakes 1 cup flour 1/3 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 extra-large egg, beaten 1 cup corn kernels 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced 1 pound raw shrimp shelled, deveined, diced, patted dry 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil Vegetable oil Avocado cream (see note)
NEWS
September 11, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Huddled in the hot sun outside the Compassionate Sciences dispensary in South Jersey, a group of medical marijuana patients clutched bags that contained cannabis-infused oils they had just purchased. They began a lively debate on the best way to use the new products, though dispensary staff had told them Friday morning that the oil was recommended as a topical, to be applied to the skin and absorbed. The sale of the oil Friday at the Bellmawr dispensary marked the first time in New Jersey that a manufactured cannabis product was offered to registered medical marijuana patients in the state, six years after the program was started.
FOOD
September 9, 2016
Makes 2-4 sandwiches About 10 kale leaves, stemmed (about 5 cups) 4 sun-dried tomato halves Juice of 1 lemon 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Hummus Sliced sourdough bread 1. Wash the kale and shake dry. Place in a food processor with the sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt and pepper. Process into a paste, adding more olive oil if needed. 2. Spread one slice of bread with hummus.
NEWS
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By David WilliamsEnvironmental activists are on the verge of writing their anti-energy agenda into the tax code. A national activist coalition just delivered a letter to the Senate calling for the passage of the FAIR Energy Policy Act, which would eliminate $4 billion in annual tax breaks for the oil and gas industry. The letter denounces these breaks as ill-gotten gains, complaining that "for too long, America has subsidized the oil industry's bottom line at middle-class Americans' expense.
FOOD
August 18, 2016
Makes 4 to 6 servings 1/2 cup good white wine 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup fruity olive oil Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon, divided use 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled 1 bay leaf Several sprigs fresh thyme Several threads of saffron or dried calendula petals Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 2 to 3 small leeks, well washed and trimmed, halved if large, with enough root to hold it together as it cooks ...
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday confirmed what many trainspotters have observed: Movements of crude oil by rail within the United States for the first five months this year are down 45 percent from last year. An average of 443,000 barrels of crude moved by rail during the first five months of this year, according to the Energy Information Administration. Nearly half of the crude carried by rail in May moved from the Midwest to East Coast refineries, which have increased their reliance upon petroleum imports.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. of Newtown Square and its parent company, Energy Transfer Partners L.P., say they have sold a 36.75 percent share of the Bakken Pipeline Project for $2 billion to MarEn Bakken Company L.L.C., an entity jointly owned by Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. and Marathon Petroleum Corp. In an announcement after financial markets closed Tuesday, the project owners also said that a syndicate of financial institutions agreed to provide $2.5 billion in financing for the pipeline, which will deliver North Dakota crude oil to terminals in Illinois and Texas when it is completed late this year.
FOOD
July 29, 2016
This is easy, breezy, no-cook meal assembly. You know the drill: The fewer the ingredients in a recipe, the better their quality should be. So go for the naturally roasted turkey breast at the deli counter and an oil-packed brand of canned tuna that you trust. If your dinner companions are unfamiliar with tonnato, you don't need to explain it as "a pureed tuna sauce" until after they've had a bite or two. Tonnato is often made with egg yolks, but this one's thickened with pureed chickpeas, a bit of yogurt, and less olive oil than usual.
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