June 3, 2015 |
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.
May 4, 2015 |
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.
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.
February 7, 2015 |
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.
February 5, 2015 |
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...
October 13, 2014 |
HOUSTON, Pa. - Philadelphia's reindustrialization starts 300 miles away at a sprawling processing plant in Southwestern Pennsylvania where liquid fuels extracted from Marcellus Shale gas begin a cross-state journey to the Delaware River. In the last five years, a forest of metal distillation towers has sprung up like a poplar grove from the Washington County countryside, surrounded by rows of cylindrical storage tanks. The complex, owned by MarkWest Energy Partners of Denver, separates high-value liquid fuels such as propane and butane from the "wet" natural gas produced near here, the sweetest spot in the prolific Marcellus Shale formation.
September 6, 2014 |
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.
July 4, 2014 |
Who regularly inspects food-truck propane tanks like the one that blew up Tuesday in Philadelphia's Feltonville section, injuring 10 people? Apparently, no one does. City health inspectors go over the trucks' food preparation areas in detail. State officials make sure the trucks are roadworthy. Federal inspectors scrutinize bigger propane tanks. But officials at city, state, and federal safety agencies said regular inspection of propane tanks like the one that exploded Tuesday was not their responsibility.
July 4, 2014 |
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.
July 3, 2014 |
OLGA GALDAMEZ always dreamed of opening her own restaurant. When the logistics of a full-scale eatery proved too much, Galdamez set her sights on running a food truck. About two months ago, that dream became a reality. "Cooking is her passion, and everyone loves her food," her niece Yasmin - whose last name is being withheld at Yasmin's request - said last night outside Temple University Hospital. Galdamez, 42, was cooking churrasco , tacos and other traditional Guatemalan dishes inside her truck, La Parrillada Chapina, on Tuesday on Wyoming Avenue near 3rd Street in Feltonville.