September 7, 1989 |
Complaints about foul odors from the Petrocon Inc. refinery in Modena prompted the Borough Council to organize a meeting between residents and company officials Tuesday. "We've had numerous complaints about an odor," said council President Clayton Ayers, who said that he, too, had noticed an "oil odor" while driving by the plant. Petrocon, a subsidiary of Safety Kleen, reprocesses used oil at its Union Street refinery. Modena Mayor Fred Martin invited Petrocon's facility manager, Dennis Konnick, to attend Tuesday's council meeting.
March 11, 1990 |
Down in the aging, cluttered river towns that form the southern tip of Delaware County, where industry is king and inhabitants live their lives alongside smokestacks and steel, there's a small revolution in the making - a feeling that enough is enough. It began Feb. 13 when a foul odor swept up the hill from a local smokestack, and festered inside a nearby elementary school until teachers and children complained of watery eyes and sore throats. It was a Tuesday, and administrators from the Chichester School District in Delaware County decided that the prudent thing to do would be to dismiss school.
October 18, 1998 |
Cleanup work was under way yesterday at the Tosco oil refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, as investigators searched for the cause of Friday's jet fuel tank explosion. The blast, which occurred about 2 p.m. in a tank holding 672,000 gallons of jet fuel, set off a smoky fire that took five hours to extinguish. Firefighters remained at the scene Friday night. They turned off foam-pumping trucks about 9 p.m. after determining there was no danger of another flare-up, Tosco spokesman Patrick C. Prosser said yesterday.
August 20, 1989 |
Officials of the Coastal Eagle Point Oil Refinery in West Deptford Township have decided to seek an administrative law hearing to adjudicate $761,000 in fines levied against the company last month for polluting the Delaware River during the last two years. Coastal officials met Aug. 11 with Jorge Berkowitz, director of the state Department of Environmental Protection's water-quality division, to discuss permit renewals for the 1,250-acre plant, but Coastal's environmental manager said the fine was discussed only briefly.
March 22, 1990 |
More than 400 Delaware County schoolchildren were sent home until Monday after a foul-smelling gas - identified as sulfur dioxide from a nearby oil refinery - swept through the Marcus Hook Elementary School yesterday. State environmental officials said the gas came from a Sun Refining & Marketing Co. plant 500 feet from the school, where students and teachers have been dogged by mysterious ailments. Only the night before, parents at a school district meeting had angrily demanded that the school be shut until the source could be discovered of odors they said had been making their children sick for weeks.
September 28, 2011 |
By next summer, Philadelphia could switch from being the center of the East Coast's oil-refining industry to a historical footnote. ConocoPhillips' announcement Tuesday that it plans to sell or shut down its Trainer, Delaware County, refinery was expected, especially after Sunoco Inc. announced a similar decision three weeks earlier. But that does not lessen the impact of the potential loss of 410 jobs at the 91-year-old refinery that ConocoPhillips has owned since 2002, when Conoco Inc. acquired Phillips Petroleum Co. The shutdown has already begun.
October 17, 1998 |
An explosion in an oil refinery shook the Delaware County town of Trainer yesterday afternoon, starting a fire that burned into the night and sending up a column of black smoke visible for miles. But thanks to warm, windless weather and the efforts of dozens of firefighters, the blast in a jet fuel tank at the Tosco refinery caused no apparent harm - other than one firefighter's twisted ankle. The cause was still under investigation last night. The blaze created a regional spectacle and prompted momentary terror in Trainer, a square-mile town along the Delaware River that is dominated by Tosco and Sun Oil Co. refineries.
October 2, 2003 |
Federal and state regulators cracked down on dirty air in the Philadelphia region yesterday, fining a New Jersey oil refinery $3.5 million and hitting a Pottstown, Pa., chemical factory with citations that could mean more than $10 million in penalties. The case against Pottstown's Occidental Chemical Corp., the nation's number-two emitter of a carcinogen called vinyl chloride, represents the first salvo in what could be a long negotiation. It stems from a 13-day inspection earlier this year led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
May 19, 2013
The Underlying Logic of the Office By Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan Twelve. 320 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Jane Von Bergen Delta Air Lines president Edward H. Bastian had good news for analysts gathered for a recent industry conference sponsored by JPMorgan. The airline, he told them, had a profitable quarter, the first in a decade. Why? In part because of savings from an oil refinery in Delaware County it bought from Conoco Phillips in 2012. An oil refinery? What's an airline doing running an oil refinery?
March 6, 2013 |
Shares of Delta Air Lines rose 5 percent after the carrier said Monday that it expected a second-quarter profit of $75 million to $100 million at its oil refinery in Trainer. Delta also said the current quarter would be the airline's first profitable March quarter since 2000. "Running an oil refinery, much like running an airline, is not for the faint of heart," Delta president Edward Bastian told a JPMorgan conference. He said operational issues kept the refinery at 75 percent capacity in January and February.