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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.
BUSINESS
February 25, 1994 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
The Chevron USA refinery in South Philadelphia is going to be sold to Sun Co., which owns a refinery next door. Industry insiders considered Philadelphia-based Sun the most likely buyer when San Francisco-based Chevron put the 66-year-old refinery up for sale last May. But in December, Chevron entered into a tentative agreement of sale with Lincolnshire Management Inc., a New York City investment group. Yesterday, Peter McCrea, Chevron's vice president in charge of the asset sale, said the company and Lincolnshire could not agree on terms that "met the needs" of both parties.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2012 | Andy Maykuth
Braskem America, the subsidiary of a Brazilian industrial firm that bought Sunoco Chemical two years ago, said it had it acquired the propylene splitter assets at Sunoco's closed refinery in Marcus Hook. The unit produces material used by Braskem in its neighboring plant to manufacture polypropylene plastic. "This transaction represents an important step in preserving the viability of Braskem's Marcus Hook polypropylene facility for the foreseeable future and solidifying Braskem's continued commitment to the North American petrochemical market," the company, which is based in Philadelphia, said in a statement.
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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia refinery executive who is leading an effort to promote the region as an energy hub called on city officials Friday to "reclaim" a collapsed $1.86 billion sale of the municipal gas utility. Philip Rinaldi, chief executive of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, urged Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell L. Clarke to restart the sale process after Clarke's surprise announcement Monday that Council would not endorse Nutter's proposed sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works to UIL Holdings Corp.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Thursday that its Trainer oil refinery in Delaware County produced a $19 million profit in the third quarter, and is expected to have a $20 million profit in the current fourth quarter. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report earnings, had Thanksgiving revenues up by 8 percent, and Christmas and New Year's bookings "look solid," company president Edward Bastian reported on a conference call. Management said it has seen no change in booking trends due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe, on Labor Day, at the head of the annual Labor Day parade of union members - the T-shirted battalions of union teachers, truck drivers, trash crews, postal workers, hospital dieticians, building engineers, stagehands, and riggers - Patrick J. Eiding will be able to forget, for a moment, the relentless union bashing he often encounters. To Eiding, 73, president of the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO, a federation of about 100 Philadelphia-area union locals, it seems so frustratingly backwards.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its Trainer oil refinery in Delaware County produced a $13 million profit in the second quarter. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report earnings, posted a second-quarter profit of $889 million, or $1.04 a share, that beat analysts' estimates, driven by strong passenger demand and higher revenue from corporate contracts. Revenue rose 9.4 percent to $10.6 billion. "We will post even better results in the third quarter, with a forecast operating margin of 15 percent to 17 percent," Delta chief executive officer Richard Anderson said on a conference call.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines' subsidiary Monroe Energy L.L.C. has signed a five-year agreement with a Texas-based company, Bridger L.L.C., to receive 65,000 barrels of domestic crude a day at its oil refinery in Trainer, Delaware County. The contract will supply about one-third of the crude refined daily at the former ConocoPhillips refinery, which Delta bought in 2012. The Trainer refinery supplies Delta's Northeast operations with jet fuel, the largest and most volatile expense for airlines.
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