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April 17, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its Trainer refinery in Delaware County posted an $86 million profit in the first quarter of this year. Delta said the sharp drop in crude oil prices would translate into a $2.2 billion savings in jet-fuel costs in 2015. "Over the last four quarters, the refinery has produced a cumulative profit of over $220 million," chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said during a conference call on the company's earnings. Delta, whose report began airlines' earnings season, said it expected that the refinery would make about $80 million in the second quarter.
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
December 17, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
Several black men who were contracted to work at the Sunoco refinery in Philadelphia were forced to clean up racial slurs written about them on bathroom walls, the men claim in a federal civil rights lawsuit. Along with racial epithets, the men also claim in the suit filed Wednesday that there were nooses left around the workplace on several occasions. The six plaintiffs, led by Kenneth Hall, 40, of Philadelphia, were all employees of Advanced Speciality Contractors, of Aston, which was contracted to work on a project at the Sunoco refinery on Passyunk Avenue near 61st Street in Southwest Philadelphia, the suit said.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2012 | Andy Maykuth
Delta Air Lines on Friday finalized its purchase of the ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer and will begin to bring back about 400 employees who were laid off last year when the plant was idled. A Delta spokesman said that its subsidiary, Monroe Energy L.L.C., will start a turnaround at the Delaware County refinery after the July 4 holiday with the aim of resuming fuel production this fall. The airline paid $180 million for the plant, with the Corbett administration chipping in $30 million on the condition that Monroe maintain 400 employees for five years.
NEWS
April 19, 1989 | By Stephen Keating, Special to The Inquirer
Buried drums of oil waste discovered in August 1986 at the Mobil Oil Corp.' s Paulsboro refinery have not been excavated, and the company and the state Department of Environmental Protection are stalled on beginning cleanup. "We want to clean up the site and the DEP wants us to," said Carole Edwards, spokeswoman for Mobil, "but we want an evenhanded agreement. " Mobil, which employs 900 people and has a daily process capacity of 100,000 barrels of crude oil at the refinery, contends that the administrative consent order for cleanup contains unacceptable legal provisions.
BUSINESS
August 27, 1996 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer Reuters contributed to this report
Some former workers at a mothballed refinery in Marcus Hook soon could be back to work. Yesterday, officials with Tosco, the plant's new owners, announced they had reached a tentative agreement with the union. Denis Stephano, president of the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers Union Local 8-234 and International, said members would consider the proposed agreement during meetings last night and tonight. A secret ballot vote on the proposed contract is scheduled for Friday evening.
NEWS
April 2, 1993 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Pollution from refineries along the Schuylkill River - including up to 3.6 million gallons of oil beneath one active refinery site - is far from the only culprit in degrading the groundwater in South Philadelphia. But it's a reasonable suspect, government officials say. "I guess there's at least a smoking gun there," said Charles R. Wood, sub-district chief for the U.S. Geological Survey, after examining maps showing troublesome mineral levels in groundwater between the refinery area and the Philadelphia Naval Base.
NEWS
January 11, 1988 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE and JOE CLARK, Daily News Staff Writers Daily News staff writers Kurt Heine and Joe O'Dowd also contributed to this report
A tremendous explosion, felt and heard as far away as South Jersey, ignited a five-alarm fire this morning at the Atlantic Oil refinery at Passyunk and Schuylkill avenues in South Philadelphia. One employee, Pete Sanduski, suffered facial cuts when he was struck by flying glass. Fire officials said the blast, which broke windows and rocked homes in several South Philadelphia neighborhoods, occurred at 9:21 a.m., blowing the top off a tank containing what a refinery spokesman described as "sour water" - various waste by-products used in the refining process.
BUSINESS
November 16, 1993 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
Chevron Corp. expects to announce the sale of its Philadelphia refinery, the largest of the eight refineries on the Delaware River, by the end of the year. James Galloway, spokesman for the Philadelphia refinery, said yesterday that the company had received a number of "bids which appear to be viable" and was now talking with the parties. The company, based in San Francisco, will not disclose the exact number of bids, the value of them, or the identify of the bidders, Galloway said.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Clean Air Council is challenging a decision by environmental regulators to allow the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery to claim credit for a reduction in emissions caused by the closure of Sunoco's Marcus Hook refinery. The council on Monday sued to stop the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection from considering the Philadelphia refinery and the closed Marcus Hook refinery as one single air-pollution source. The decision would allow the new owners of the Philadelphia refinery to emit more pollution, at least temporarily.
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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.
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April 17, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its Trainer refinery in Delaware County posted an $86 million profit in the first quarter of this year. Delta said the sharp drop in crude oil prices would translate into a $2.2 billion savings in jet-fuel costs in 2015. "Over the last four quarters, the refinery has produced a cumulative profit of over $220 million," chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said during a conference call on the company's earnings. Delta, whose report began airlines' earnings season, said it expected that the refinery would make about $80 million in the second quarter.
NEWS
April 14, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
NICOLE JONIEC'S biggest regret, five years after moving into a century-old rowhouse in South Philadelphia with her husband and their two cats, is that she didn't zoom out a little more when she had checked out her new address on Google Maps. Joniec, 37, who works at the Free Library, said she now feels "silly" that she didn't realize how close they would live to the ancient, sprawling refinery on the banks of the Schuylkill, then owned by Sunoco and which today - with a new owner, Philadelphia Energy Solutions - is booming with crude oil fracked in North Dakota.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philip Rinaldi, the city's refinery titan, offered Philadelphia City Council a lesson in business terminology Friday when he introduced a new phrase into council's vocabulary: "idiot insurance. " During testimony on whether the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works should engage in a public-private partnership, Rinaldi suggested Council could consider protecting its interests by maintaining an ownership stake in any private venture. "I live in a world of mergers and acquisitions," said Rinaldi, chief executive of Philadelphia Energy Solutions.
NEWS
February 9, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of union steelworkers rallied at two local refineries Saturday in support of 5,200 steelworkers on strike, or about to strike, at 11 refineries and chemical plants in California, Kentucky, Texas, Washington, Indiana, and Ohio. On Saturday morning, about 150 members of the United Steelworkers union, led by Local 10-234, met at the union hall in Trainer and marched to the Monroe Energy refinery for a rally, said the local's president, Denis J. Stephano. In the afternoon, approximately 100 workers, led by Local 10-1, rallied at the Passyunk Avenue entrance to the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia.
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 63-year-old contractor was fatally struck in the head while working at an oil refinery in Gloucester County on Friday, officials say. Gary Grimming was killed instantly when an air compressor line broke, striking him in the head, at the PBF Energy Paulsboro refinery about 9:30 a.m., the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said. Grimming was a contractor with G.C. Zarnas & Co., which was sandblasting a tank at the refinery, officials said. The refinery sits in Greenwich Township.
NEWS
December 24, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN TRACEY Schrufer saw her father in the Crozer-Chester Burn Center, he looked like a mummy, wrapped in white bandages. Tracey was 7, and she didn't realize it then, but there was no reason why her father, George L. Schrufer, was still alive. He had suffered burns on 78 percent of his body in the horrendous 12-alarm Gulf refinery fire in August 1975, a blaze in which eight firefighters died and 14 others, including George Schrufer, were injured. Not only did George suffer burns, but his lungs were damaged by the smoke and oil vapors he had inhaled as he struggled through burning thigh-deep oil and foam to try to help his fellow firefighters.
NEWS
December 21, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
George L. Schrufer, 72, a firefighter who survived one of the worst blazes in Philadelphia history, died Thursday, Dec. 18, at his home in Bridesburg. He had suffered numerous health issues since being injured in the massive Gulf Oil refinery fire in 1975. Mr. Schrufer had been a firefighter for nine years when vapor from a Gulf Oil tanker ignited at the South Philadelphia refinery on Aug. 17, 1975. Eight firefighters were killed in the blaze, and Mr. Schrufer was disabled. An officer at the scene of the blaze told Mr. Schrufer's daughter Charlene Schrufer Rothe that when the tank blew, "everybody was running from the building, but my dad ran into the building to save the people from his engine.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Airline stocks soared Thursday after Delta Air Lines said the sharp drop in oil prices would translate into a $1.7 billion savings in fuel costs next year. Delta said at an investor conference in New York that its Trainer refinery in Delaware County would produce a $75 million profit in the current quarter, helping to offset losses on the airline's fuel-hedge contracts. Delta buys some of its fuel in advance, to hedge against higher costs. But when fuel prices dramatically decline, the airline is locked in and takes a hedge loss.
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