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October 18, 1997 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The lowest-income corner of Philadelphia will soon be pumping black gold. A half-dozen oil recovery wells will be sunk at the Passyunk Homes housing project to clean up an underground plume of petroleum sprawling across part of South Philadelphia. The wells won't be directly under the housing units, officials say. They'll be at the north end of the property, where underground oil lies two-feet deep next to the Schuylkill Expressway. "The plume is at its deepest . . . there and they figured that they would get more pumping of the material," said John McCann, spokesman for the nearby Sun Co. refinery.
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May 1, 1988 | By Mike Shoup, Inquirer Travel Editor
More than a century ago, the hilly forest region north of here was called the Valley of Petroleum, dotted everywhere with oil derricks pumping viscous Pennsylvania crude from the ground. Today, the years have transformed the Valley of Petroleum into a verdant, 7,000-acre state park known locally as Oil Creek Gorge. Rafters and canoeists ply the stream in spring, and fishermen pull trout from its waters. But, preposterous as it may seem now - in a day when supertankers shuttle billions of gallons of oil around the globe and a handful of Middle Eastern countries can, on a whim, cripple the economies of the world's great powers - this is where the petroleum industry began, right here in a rural patch of western Pennsylvania.
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March 4, 1996 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
More petroleum than was ever unleashed in a Delaware River tank-ship disaster lies underneath a military-supply complex in South Philadelphia and is threatening city plans to develop the site. The underground plume of petroleum, up to two feet thick, is complicating the planned shutdown of the Defense Personnel Support Center near the Schuylkill Expressway. It also may reach beneath a low-income housing project nearby. Environmental officials want to know whether the plume reaches far enough south to pose potential health or safety problems at the Passyunk Homes housing project, now undergoing $9.2 million in renovations.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2006 | By Andrew Maykuth INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Venezuelans love to ask visitors this question, because they already know the answer: What are you paying for gasoline these days in the United States? "Three dollars a gallon?" said Nelio Soto, feigning surprise before delivering the punch line. "I can fill up my entire car for less than that. " Soto, who drives a 1988 Buick, pays 12 cents a gallon at the pump. In the world's fifth-largest oil-exporting country, where the state subsidizes fuel, conservation is not an issue.
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November 2, 1993 | By Kay Lazar, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Claire and Jim Keane have been waiting 12 years for the letter that will land in their mailbox this week. For 12 years, the Keanes have lived with a petroleum stench in their well water. And for 12 years, they've searched for the source of that petroleum odor, worrying of hazards to their health. They hope the letter finally will lead to a resolution. The Keanes are one of 50 families Exxon will target with certified letters this week. The letters will notify homeowners of Exxon's plans to test for petroleum contamination in private well water in Solebury Township.
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July 13, 1995 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A North Carolina company and the owners of the now-defunct Pennsylvania Shipbuilding Co. will seek state permission to purify petroleum- contaminated soil on the city's East Side, using oil-eating bacteria. Representatives of Cherokee Sanford Group Inc. and City Capital Corp., which owns property at the foot of Morton Avenue once used as a shipyard, told the City Council yesterday that they want to process five to 10 tons of soil a month in an enclosed, 69,000 square-foot facility.
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August 8, 1993 | By Kay Lazar, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Found: another piece of an increasingly complex puzzle. A crew from the federal Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday picked up readings of petroleum particles in the air after they pried open a valve leading to an underground pipeline in a wooded, 14-acre lot on the northwest corner of Ely and River Roads. "It indicates a presence of petroleum in the pipeline," said Jack Owens, who is heading the EPA's investigation of possible petroleum contamination of private well water in the area.
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March 4, 1994 | By Kay Lazar, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It has been a long time coming - nearly 13 years. In May 1981, Claire and Jim Keane moved into their dream home just north of New Hope, along the Delaware River in Bucks County. They had a toddler and another baby on the way. They turned on the water in their new Solebury Township home, and their dream evaporated into a nightmare. The water stank of petroleum. And the Keanes would soon find out that the stench was also in the private well water of at least five neighbors' wells.
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December 5, 1993 | By Kay Lazar, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Tom Block called the timing appropriate. Environmental experts, paid by Exxon, are scheduled to test Block's well water tomorrow for petroleum contamination. Just two weeks ago, Block said, he shelled out $900 in what has become his three-times-a-year ritual to replace saturated carbon filters on his well water. The filters screen petroleum. "My water hasn't changed," he said, noting that the water in his Hillside Lane home has reeked of petroleum since he moved in seven years ago. He said he had spent thousands of dollars in the ensuing years screening his water.
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July 2, 1996 | By Mark Jaffe, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In an effort to map the plume of petroleum that has spread under parts of South Philadelphia over many years, the state Department of Environmental Protection plans to use sophisticated lab technology to sniff out the oil. Starting Monday, the DEP will dispatch its "Mobile Analytical Unit" - a 32-foot van equipped with a laboratory - to try to trace the plume south and east of the Defense Personnel Support Center at 2800 South 20th St. ...
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May 31, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
UGI Corp. on Friday announced the completion of the acquisition of Total's liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distribution business in France for $465 million. The acquisition of Totalgaz doubles UGI's retail propane distribution in France to about 500 million gallons a year. The Valley Forge company expects the transaction to reduce per-share earnings by 14 to 18 cents in 2015, due to transaction expenses and the effect of acquiring the business during the off-peak summer months, but it expects it will add to earnings starting in 2016.
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March 4, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas W. Vahey, 79, of Sea Isle City, N.J., who retired in 1999 as a petroleum blender at the Arco refinery in South Philadelphia, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Friday, Feb. 27, at a relative's home in Havertown. Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Vahey graduated from St. Thomas More Catholic Boys High School in 1953. Mr. Vahey worked in a produce warehouse before joining Arco in the late 1960s, daughter Charlene Dempsey said. Though Mr. Vahey had not played high school football, Dempsey said, he was a quarterback in the semiprofessional Triangle League from the 1950s into the 1960s, when he was in his mid-30s.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., one of the state's most prolific Marcellus Shale natural gas producers, is giving $2.5 million to Lackawanna College in Scranton to boost its School of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The gift is the largest single private donation in the history of the two-year college. Lackawanna College established the school in 2009 in the Susquehanna County borough of New Milford, near the heart of Cabot's drilling activity. "Our partnership with Cabot enhances tremendously the ability of the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas to provide a world-class education designed to prepare a ready workforce that fits the needs of the multiple companies across the industry," Mark Volk, the college's president, said in a statement.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph L. Novello Sr., 90, of West Chester, a petroleum engineer who became a sales manager for an encyclopedia company, died Sunday, March 10, at the Neighborhood Health Inpatient Hospice in West Chester. Mr. Novello retired as a regional sales manager for Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc. in 1987 after leaving a career as a petroleum engineer for Standard Oil Co. He made the switch in the early 1950s, when he was notified that he would be transferring from New York to a facility in the West.
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November 21, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
UGI Corp., the Valley Forge energy company, has acquired another European distributor of liquefied petroleum gas. The company announced Tuesday that its subsidiary, Flaga GmbH, has reached an agreement to acquire the LPG distribution business of BP in Poland, which distributed 150 million gallons of bottled fuel to residential, commercial and wholesale customers last year. Terms were not disclosed. UGI's expanding international propane business distributed more than 600 million gallons of LPG throughout Europe, where it has acquired several networks in recent years.
NEWS
March 30, 2011
Plastic bottles. They're everywhere. They're clogging drains, floating in the Schuylkill and way too often being sent to landfills instead of recycling bins. As such, they've become eco-culprits. The industry has responded by coming up with better bottles, lighter bottles. Earlier this month, PepsiCo unveiled a bottle that is "plant-based" and still recyclable. I'm putting it out there as part of a new blog feature running every Friday: Green Gauntlet. Readers get to weigh in on whether a product is as green as purported.
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December 10, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Loren Riggins Jr., 84, of Vineland, N.J., former president of Riggins Oil Co. and a longtime supporter of the Boy Scouts, died of Alzheimer's disease on Monday, Dec. 6, at the New Jersey Veterans Home in Vineland. When Mr. Riggins took over his family's heating oil business in the early 1950s, he was ready to use his Bucknell University business degree to take the company to new heights. "He wanted to diversify" the business, said son Paul. Mr. Riggins added about a dozen service stations, which at first sold gas under the Phillips 66 brand but after the oil embargo of 1973 switched to Exxon and Mobil.
NEWS
October 18, 2010
UGI Corp., Valley Forge, said today that it bought Royal Dutch Shell P.L.C.'s liquefied petroleum gas distribution business in Poland for an undisclosed price. The business, Shell Gas Polska Sp., distributed more than 60 million gallons of LPG in 2009. The deal will nearly double the size of UGI's Eastern European operation, which distributed 70 million gallons of the gas in the latest fiscal year. The acquisition is UGI's third in Europe since August, following deals in Denmark and Hungary.
NEWS
September 15, 2010
UGI Corp., King of Prussia, acquired the liquefied petroleum gas distribution business of Shell Gas Hungary, its second European LPG acquisition in two months. Terms were not disclosed. Shell's Hungarian operation distributed 27 million gallons last year, and will be managed by UGI's Flaga GmbH subsidiary, which distributes more than 70 million gallons of LPG annually in Austria, Switzerland, and five Eastern European countries. The acquisition comes after UGI in August announced it was buying BP's 9.5-million-gallon LPG business in Denmark.
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August 11, 2010
UGI Corp., King of Prussia, agreed to buy BP's liquefied petroleum gas distribution business in Denmark for an undisclosed amount. The business, which distributes 9.5 million gallons of LPG a year, will be managed by UGI's Flaga GmbH subsidiary, which distributes more than 70 million gallons of LPG annually in Austria, Switzerland and five eastern European countries. The transaction, announced today after markets closed, is expected to be completed in September.    - Andrew Maykuth
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