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September 7, 1989 | By Michelle Braly Shemet, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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March 11, 1990 | By Cynthia Mayer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its Trainer oil refinery in Delaware County produced a $13 million profit in the second quarter. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report earnings, posted a second-quarter profit of $889 million, or $1.04 a share, that beat analysts' estimates, driven by strong passenger demand and higher revenue from corporate contracts. Revenue rose 9.4 percent to $10.6 billion. "We will post even better results in the third quarter, with a forecast operating margin of 15 percent to 17 percent," Delta chief executive officer Richard Anderson said on a conference call.
NEWS
October 18, 1998 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 20, 1989 | By Stephen Keating, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
March 22, 1990 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
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.
LIVING
October 17, 1998 | By Deirdre Shaw, Dan Hardy and Rachel Scheier, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF Inquirer staff writer Rich Henson and Mary Anne Janco of the Inquirer Suburban Staff contributed to this article
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.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2003 | By Tom Avril and Kaitlin Gurney INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer, bunchw@phillynews.com , 215-854-2957
NICOLE JONIEC'S biggest regret, five years after moving into a century-old townhouse in South Philadelphia with her husband and their two cats, is that she didn't zoom out a little more when she had checked out her new address on Google Maps. Joniec, 37, who works at the Free Library, said she now feels "silly" that she didn't realize how close they would live to the ancient, sprawling refinery on the banks of the Schuylkill then owned by Sunoco and which today - with a new owner, Philadelphia Energy Solutions - is booming with crude oil fracked in North Dakota.
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August 19, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lois Campana had just returned home from her shift as a night nurse. Her husband, Ralph, was getting dressed for a shift at Ladder 16. It was Aug. 17, 1975, and Ralph Campana already knew where he was heading: the Gulf Oil refinery in South Philadelphia, where a massive fire had been burning since before dawn. "Those people are going to blow themselves up one day," he told Lois. The refinery had already been the site of 10 multiple-alarm fires. He finished dressing, got in his car, and drove off as Lois waved from the front porch.
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April 14, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
NICOLE JONIEC'S biggest regret, five years after moving into a century-old rowhouse in South Philadelphia with her husband and their two cats, is that she didn't zoom out a little more when she had checked out her new address on Google Maps. Joniec, 37, who works at the Free Library, said she now feels "silly" that she didn't realize how close they would live to the ancient, sprawling refinery on the banks of the Schuylkill, then owned by Sunoco and which today - with a new owner, Philadelphia Energy Solutions - is booming with crude oil fracked in North Dakota.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Negotiations are set for Tuesday between the United Steelworkers Local 10-234 and the management of Monroe Energy L.L.C., which operates an oil refinery in Trainer. The union's contract expired March 1. Negotiations are continuing on two fronts - locally, affecting the 215 steelworkers and the Trainer facility, which processes crude oil into refined products for Delta Airlines, and nationally, affecting 30,000 steelworkers. Of them, nearly 7,000 steelworkers at 15 facilities nationwide are already on strike, following the end of the national contract a month ago. National negotiations will resume Wednesday.
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 63-year-old contractor was fatally struck in the head while working at an oil refinery in Gloucester County on Friday, officials say. Gary Grimming was killed instantly when an air compressor line broke, striking him in the head, at the PBF Energy Paulsboro refinery about 9:30 a.m., the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said. Grimming was a contractor with G.C. Zarnas & Co., which was sandblasting a tank at the refinery, officials said. The refinery sits in Greenwich Township.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Thursday that its Trainer oil refinery in Delaware County produced a $19 million profit in the third quarter, and is expected to have a $20 million profit in the current fourth quarter. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report earnings, had Thanksgiving revenues up by 8 percent, and Christmas and New Year's bookings "look solid," company president Edward Bastian reported on a conference call. Management said it has seen no change in booking trends due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its Trainer oil refinery in Delaware County produced a $13 million profit in the second quarter. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report earnings, posted a second-quarter profit of $889 million, or $1.04 a share, that beat analysts' estimates, driven by strong passenger demand and higher revenue from corporate contracts. Revenue rose 9.4 percent to $10.6 billion. "We will post even better results in the third quarter, with a forecast operating margin of 15 percent to 17 percent," Delta chief executive officer Richard Anderson said on a conference call.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines' subsidiary Monroe Energy L.L.C. has signed a five-year agreement with a Texas-based company, Bridger L.L.C., to receive 65,000 barrels of domestic crude a day at its oil refinery in Trainer, Delaware County. The contract will supply about one-third of the crude refined daily at the former ConocoPhillips refinery, which Delta bought in 2012. The Trainer refinery supplies Delta's Northeast operations with jet fuel, the largest and most volatile expense for airlines.
NEWS
May 27, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 26, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST DEPTFORD A West Deptford oil refinery intertwined with local politics will bid goodbye to one of its main edifices early Saturday. That's when Sunoco Logistics will implode the Eagle Point refinery's 65-year-old "fractionator" - the heaviest refining unit at the site, towering an estimated 200 feet. The "controlled implosion" will last about two minutes and also demolish a tower and chimney, West Deptford officials said. A rusty-looking dome, the fractionator - referred to in the industry as a "cat cracker," and used to convert crude oil into other fuels - was built in 1949, according to Sunoco.
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