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February 26, 2013 | By Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - BP bears most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico because it cut corners and put profit ahead of safety, a U.S. Justice Department attorney charged Monday at the opening of a high-stakes trial that could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay billions more in damages. The London-based oil giant acknowledged that it made "errors in judgment" before the deadly blowout, but it also cast blame on the owner of the drilling rig and the contractor involved in cementing the well.
NEWS
February 25, 2013 | By Mamdouh Thabet, Associated Press
ASSIUT, Egypt - Thousands of brick workers blocked railroad tracks from a southern city to Cairo for a second day Sunday to protest rising industrial oil prices, causing the cancellation of some services, security officials said. The government lifted industrial fuel oil subsidies last week as part of a reform program, prompting labor protests by quarry and brick factory workers. Egypt has been gripped by unrest in recent days, partially because of public discontent with new government measures designed to deal with a crippling budget deficit.
NEWS
February 7, 2013 | By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Wednesday nominated Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell to head the Interior Department, praising her as a leader who "knows the link between conservation and good jobs. " The choice of Jewell, who began her career as an engineer for Mobil Oil and worked as a commercial banker before heading a nearly $2 billion outdoors-equipment company, represents an unconventional choice for a post usually reserved for career politicians from the West.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2013
PBF Energy Inc. said it expects to receive its first train delivery this week of North Dakota light crude oil at its Delaware City Refinery, and also announced that it will double the amount of heavy Canadian oil-sands crude it can receive by rail by the end of this year. The refinery can now receive 70,000 barrels of light crude a day and 40,000 barrels of heavy crude. The heavy crude capacity will double to 80,000 under a $50 million plan to expand the unloading facility. PBF is also securing an additional 2,500 rail cars through 2015 to transport the crude oil. PBF and other East Coast refiners are scrambling to incorporate lower-cost domestic crudes from new discoveries into their mix to reduce their production costs, which typically have been higher because of their reliance on expensive imported petroleum.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press
VICKSBURG, Miss. - Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said. It remained unclear Monday morning how much oil had leaked into the river, according to the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers. Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Third Class Jonathan Lally said on Monday afternoon that oil was "still discharging, but it is slowly discharging.
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
January 22, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CSX on Monday announced a $26 million track capacity expansion on its River Line between Albany N.Y. and northern New Jersey, enabling the railroad operator to handle more trains moving crude oil to East Coast refineries. Demand for crude oil in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area "may be as much as five trains per day, or over 400,000 barrels, over the next couple of years," Oscar Munoz, executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. Much of the crude being produced in emergent Midwestern oil fields must move to markets by rail rather than pipeline.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | By Mary Pemberton, Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - High seas and strong winds prevented crews from boarding an oil drilling ship to check for any damage after the large vessel went aground off an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska. A Coast Guard plane and a helicopter flew over the Kulluk on Tuesday, but severe weather did not permit putting marine experts on board the drilling rig, which had grounded on a sand and gravel beach in stormy seas. Federal on-scene response coordinator Capt. Paul Mehler said the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig is carrying about 143,000 gallons of diesel and about 12,000 gallons of lube oil and hydraulic fluid, and appeared stable.
NEWS
December 31, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter Joseph Lufkin Jr., 95, a longtime Abington resident and an Atlantic Richfield Co. employee for three decades, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, of cerebrovascular disease at Rydal Park in Jenkintown. Mr. Lufkin joined the Atlantic Refining Co. in 1945. His responsibilities included the field of industrial engineering, which was new at the time, and later, implementation of information technology. In the 1970s, he retired from Atlantic Richfield Co., now part of British Petroleum, with the title systems implementation manager.
FOOD
December 28, 2012
Oysters to go Just in time for the holidays, the Oyster House is offering its briny best packed in ice for take-out. All items on the raw menu are available. Preordering (with at least one hour notice) is required. "It's the next best thing to having a shucker in your kitchen," said owner Sam Mink. Take-out oysters ($25-31 a dozen); clams ($13-16 a dozen) at Oyster House, 1516 Sansom St.; 215-567-7683. - Maureen Fitzgerald   Need to know new oil Most olive oils need several months to mellow before they appear on store shelves.
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