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January 28, 1990 | By Vyola P. Willson, Special to The Inquirer
A customer who ordered propane to heat her Jacuzzi from Suburban Gas in Exton around Christmas got her order filled in mid-January. And Mary and Lamar Howe had some anxious moments when their propane dealer told them he had no supplies to keep 2,600 turkey chicks warm at their Little Washington Farm near Downingtown. Jacuzzi owners, poultry farmers and even Amish families were among thousands of folks in Chester County and beyond who were victims of a quiet propane gas shortage that sent prices skyrocketing.
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July 22, 2010 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A subsidiary of Valley Forge-based UGI Corp. is selling its propane import terminal in Chesapeake, Va., for $49 million. UGI Energy Services Inc. announced today that it will sell Atlantic Energy to DCP Midstream Partners L.P. The sale is expected to close in August. UGI said it expects to record a gain of about 15 cents per share in its fiscal fourth quarter. Lon R. Greenberg, UGI chairman and chief executive officer, called the terminal "a high-quality asset with a consistent earnings history," but said it was no longer a strategic asset to the company.
BUSINESS
February 1, 1996 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
UGI Corp., the Valley Forge energy company best known for its two Pennsylvania utilities and its AmeriGas farm-and-home propane distribution network, is going international. UGI said yesterday that it had formed a joint venture to build a $100 million project to import propane into energy-starved Romania. Propane is also known as liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG. The partnership, called Black Sea LPG, plans to build a terminal in the Romanian port of Constanta, where tankers from the Mideast would deliver propane.
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December 31, 2015
Police arrested a man Tuesday and were seeking a second in connection to the thefts of propane tanks in Northeast Philadelphia earlier this month. The men were not identified, though they were described as collectors of scrap metal. Counterterrorism officials had been alarmed by the thefts. Investigators found some of the tanks and two suspect vehicles at a lot in the 2600 block of Wheatsheaf Lane. Thieves took 34 propane tanks and welding equipment from three locations. - Robert Moran  
BUSINESS
July 4, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
UGI Corp., the Valley Forge energy company, said it has reached an agreement in principle to buy French oil giant Total SA's propane-distribution business in France for $545 million to $613 million. Totalgaz distributed more than 265 million retail gallons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in 2013 to residential, commercial and industrial customers. UGI distributed about 600 million gallons of LPG in Europe last year, including 250 million gallons distributed by its Antargaz unit in France.
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April 30, 1995 | By Shawna McCoy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For months, a 500-gallon storage tank has stood empty, surrounded by a chain-link fence, at the United Gas Station at the corner of White Horse Pike and Gloucester Road. Station manager Leny Terekhov would like to fill the tank with propane, but has run into an unanticipated problem: The state has approved the construction of the tank, but the borough is balking. Dom Balluso, sales manager for MGS Corp., which installed the tank, said the firm had applied to the borough for a construction permit out of courtesy, because the state has sole jurisdiction over the installation of propane tanks on business property, unless the work requires an electrical connection.
NEWS
January 12, 1986 | By Rich Heidorn Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
A tank truck filled with propane overturned at Easton and Street Roads in Warrington yesterday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of 50 people and tying up traffic at one of the busiest intersections in the Bucks County borough. No one was injured in the 3 p.m. accident, which happened when the fully loaded tractor-trailer failed to make a left turn at the intersection. The driver escaped through the broken windshield after the accident, police said. The name of the driver and details of the accident were unavailable last night.
NEWS
March 16, 2015
A large propane tank at a group home for special-needs children north of Doylestown began leaking early Saturday, forcing evacuation of the residents to an area hospital, according to Doylestown Hospital officials. No children were injured. Dinesh Singh, director of the Pedia Manor children's home on Durham Road in Pipersville, said the 500-gallon tank flipped over about 5:30 a.m. because melting snow made the ground beneath it unstable. That caused the line connecting the tank to the home to rupture and begin leaking gas. The pre-dawn rupture triggered carbon monoxide alarms, alerting five staff members, who discovered the leak, he said.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of feet beneath the former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook are five caverns carved from granite, excavated not by ancient geologic forces but by 20th-century miners. The first of the gigantic underground fuel storage caverns was built during the Cold War, partly to shield supplies from nuclear attack. The last was built after the 1973 energy crisis as a bulwark against capricious oil importers. Now, decades later, the national debate focuses on American energy exports, not imports, and the caverns have assumed new importance in response to the nation's changing energy fortunes.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Governor Corbett on Thursday announced nearly $4 million in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants, including $1.6 million to local governments, nonprofits and companies in Southeastern Pennsylvania that are switching vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG), propane, or electric. Bimbo Bakeries, which has operations in Montgomery County, received one of the largest grants in the state: $789,750 to convert 81 delivery vehicles to CNG. The Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities program will receive $488,000 divided among seven recipients to acquire 34 propane vehicles and 31 CNG vehicles.
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February 20, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
AmeriGas Propane L.L.C. has signed a 10-year lease for 34,135 square feet at the Parkview office building in King of Prussia, building owner Keystone Property Group said in a release. King of Prussia-based AmeriGas will move into the building at 1150 First Ave. in the coming months to expand its operations, Keystone said. The Parkview building is attached to the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge and the Valley Forge Casino Resort. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman  
NEWS
January 1, 2016
Police on Wednesday identified a 49-year-old man arrested in the thefts of propane tanks in Northeast Philadelphia earlier this month. Stephan Williams, of the 4500 block of Richmond Street in Bridesburg, was arrested Tuesday and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, and related offenses. Counterterrorism officials had been alarmed by the thefts, but police have since described Williams and a second suspect as collectors of scrap metal. The second man was still being sought. Investigators found some of the tanks and two suspect vehicles at a lot in the 2600 block of Wheatsheaf Lane.
NEWS
December 31, 2015
Police arrested a man Tuesday and were seeking a second in connection to the thefts of propane tanks in Northeast Philadelphia earlier this month. The men were not identified, though they were described as collectors of scrap metal. Counterterrorism officials had been alarmed by the thefts. Investigators found some of the tanks and two suspect vehicles at a lot in the 2600 block of Wheatsheaf Lane. Thieves took 34 propane tanks and welding equipment from three locations. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
December 25, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are searching for the men who stole 43 propane tanks from industrial yards in Northeast Philadelphia over the last two weeks. The men have targeted two sites in the area since Dec. 17 - a construction yard on the 4700 block of Pennypack Street and another business on the 2300 block of Church Street, said Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum said his unit had alerted the department's Homeland Security unit about the incidents, given the number of tanks taken and the capacity of some, "out of an abundance of caution.
NEWS
December 24, 2015
Law enforcement officials in Northeast Philadelphia are on the lookout for a man who stole 43 tanks of industrial propane gas last week, police said Tuesday night. The thefts have caught the attention of counterterrorism authorities. Surveillance video shows a man stealing 43 tanks from two commercial facilities and loading them into a dark-colored minivan, police said. The businesses are in the 2300 block of Church Street and the 4700 block of Pennypack Street. The tanks varied in capacity from two pounds to 100 pounds, and included some that are used to power forklifts.
NEWS
June 3, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Cape May County couple, seriously injured during a November 2013 propane explosion that destroyed their house, has reached a $2 million settlement after suing the propane company and the contractor that failed to properly disconnect the propane lines, attorneys for the couple announced Monday. James and Evelyn McCarty, both 69, of the Villas section of Lower Township, survived critical injuries in the accident. The couple had stopped using propane when they converted to natural gas earlier in the year.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of feet beneath the former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook are five caverns carved from granite, excavated not by ancient geologic forces but by 20th-century miners. The first of the gigantic underground fuel storage caverns was built during the Cold War, partly to shield supplies from nuclear attack. The last was built after the 1973 energy crisis as a bulwark against capricious oil importers. Now, decades later, the national debate focuses on American energy exports, not imports, and the caverns have assumed new importance in response to the nation's changing energy fortunes.
NEWS
March 16, 2015
A large propane tank at a group home for special-needs children north of Doylestown began leaking early Saturday, forcing evacuation of the residents to an area hospital, according to Doylestown Hospital officials. No children were injured. Dinesh Singh, director of the Pedia Manor children's home on Durham Road in Pipersville, said the 500-gallon tank flipped over about 5:30 a.m. because melting snow made the ground beneath it unstable. That caused the line connecting the tank to the home to rupture and begin leaking gas. The pre-dawn rupture triggered carbon monoxide alarms, alerting five staff members, who discovered the leak, he said.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The $3 billion Mariner East project linking the Marcellus Shale region to the Philadelphia area is expected to generate widespread economic benefits, according to a study released Thursday by the pipeline's builders. The study, by Econsult Solutions Inc., says the project will generate a one-time economic impact of $4.2 billion to Pennsylvania's economy, support more than 30,000 jobs during the two-year construction period, and create about 300 to 400 permanent jobs. Econsult said a "majority" of the economic impact would be in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where the project's builder, Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., is developing the former Marcus Hook refinery in Delaware County to receive, store, and process the liquid fuels that will be delivered through the cross-state pipeline.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Buoyed by the rebirth of the Marcus Hook refinery site, the Delaware County Council on Tuesday said it would commission a $100,000 study to examine new industrial uses linked to the emerging Marcellus Shale energy hub. County officials announced the study after touring the 800-acre former Sunoco refinery site, which Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. is rebuilding into an industrial complex connected to the shale-gas region by the company's Mariner East...
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