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.
April 17, 2015 |
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.
December 17, 2010 |
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.
June 23, 2012 |
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.
April 19, 1989 |
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.
August 27, 1996 |
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.
April 2, 1993 |
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.
January 11, 1988 |
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.
September 29, 2012 |
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.
November 16, 1993 |
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.