January 30, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Mike Austin knew it was bad when his cellphone buzzed after 12:30 a.m. Quickly, he scribbled notes and called a coworker: "Train derailment. Seven cars. It's on a bridge. I'm going to need help. " Then he hopped into his white Chevrolet Suburban and drove 21/2 hours from a sleepy Baltimore suburb toward Philadelphia, to which derailment experts from around the country were being summoned. Their task: Remove tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil and more than 1.8 million pounds of train cars from atop the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge.
January 30, 2014 |
A spill of about 1,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River near Trainer, Delaware County, was largely cleaned up Tuesday, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The spill happened about 1 p.m. Monday when a pipe burst in the marine off-loading area at the Monroe Energy L.L.C. refinery, just south of the Commodore Barry Bridge. The majority of the oil is gone, said DEP spokeswoman Deborah Fries. "What is remaining is sheen. " She said the cold weather helped response workers do their job. Cold oil has a higher viscosity, which made it easier to collect and contain, she said.
January 29, 2014 |
SO, I'M TALKING to a young truck driver. He's a kid, really, but old enough to have a bachelor's degree in something. He's postponed his career for a temporary but lucrative sojourn in the oil field. The Eagle Ford Shale, a major oil and gas play in south Texas, is thriving on improved fracking technologies that extract previously unavailable hydrocarbons and contribute significantly to our nation's production boom. Fracking requires truckloads of water and plenty of drivers to service the new wells that pop up across the landscape every week.
January 23, 2014 |
The Monday derailment of a freight train carrying crude oil to the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery has triggered a new round of alarm over petroleum shipments by rail, but has not affected operations at the South Philadelphia refinery. CSX Corp. crews began transferring oil and sand Tuesday from seven cars that derailed on a bridge spanning the Schuylkill in Grays Ferry. The cars were at the end of a 101-car train traveling from Chicago to Philadelphia, carrying crude oil from North Dakota.
January 22, 2014 |
IT COULD HAVE been worse - a lot worse. None of the seven CSX cars - six of them loaded with volatile crude oil - that derailed on the 128-year-old rail bridge over the Schuylkill between University City and Grays Ferry about 12:30 a.m. yesterday fell onto the busy expressway, which would have risked a fiery conflagration. And none of the oil-laden tanker cars - criticized by experts and environmentalists as too easy to rupture - broke open and spilled into the waterway as they tilted precariously, although the Coast Guard rushed a boat to the scene and placed booms across the river just in case.
January 10, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board will hold a hearing Thursday in West Chester to accept comments on proposed oil and gas regulations, including shale-gas development. The hearing, among several scheduled across the state, will be held at 6 p.m. at West Chester University of Pennsylvania's Sykes Student Union Theater, 110 West Rosedale Ave. Speakers need to reserve a time by calling 717-787-4526. The independent board reviews all Department of Environmental Protection regulations.
November 27, 2013
A RECENT National Public Radio report made much of financial troubles in the Philadelphia schools, and shortfalls of a few hundred million dollars. This is an economic problem that could be solved with a fraction of the money taken from the pockets of Philadelphia citizens by the high price of oil. The U.S. currently pays $94 each for 19 million barrels of crude oil every day. Under President Clinton, the price averaged $26 per barrel in today's dollars and the oil companies made good profits at that price.
October 4, 2013 |
As 120 rail cars loaded with 80,000 barrels of sweet crude from North Dakota pulled with a clang into the South Philadelphia high-speed oil-train unloading yard, thunderous applause erupted from many of the 1,000 workers at the former Sunoco Inc. refinery. "Last year, we all thought we were going to get laid off and shut down," recalled Bob Partridge, who runs the warehouse for Philadelphia Energy Solutions L.L.C., operator of the former refinery. "Here we are and we are all working.
September 2, 2013 |
Robert P. Hauptfuhrer, 81, a Sun Oil executive whose entrepreneurial family came to the United States from Germany in the 1860s, died Sunday, Aug. 11, at Bryn Mawr Hospital from complications of a brain hemorrhage. His mother's father, Albert Schoenhut, immigrated from Wurttemberg in 1866 at age 17. He started making toy pianos out of a storefront on Frankford Avenue in 1872. The business later became the Schoenhut Toy & Piano Co., employing 400 workers. Mr. Hauptfuhrer's other grandfather, Henry, immigrated from Wollmar to Philadelphia in 1882 and founded Hauptfuhrer Dairies, which eventually became part of National Dairies.
August 2, 2013 |
Question: My husband and I are selling our home, and the buyer is requesting the removal of the oil tank in our basement. We switched to gas a few years ago. Do you have any advice for how we should go about having the tank removed? The oil was siphoned out when we switched to gas, but I don't know if it is 100 percent clean and dry. In other words, I don't know if it would be a big mess if we call a scrap metal guy to come cut it up. Answer: The solution is much easier than if the tank were one of those buried in the yard, because all sorts of environmental regulations kick in, and for good reason, since having fuel oil leaking into the groundwater is very bad. In your case, you should contact the nearest company that deals in removing basement tanks.