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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.
NEWS
January 21, 2016
Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that its refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, produced a profit of $8 million in the fourth-quarter and a profit just under $300 million for the full-year 2015. "For the fourth quarter our total fuel expense declined by over $700 million driven by lower market fuel prices," chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said in a conference call on the company's earnings. Falling oil prices will help Delta save $3 billion this year, Jacobson said. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report fourth-quarter results, earned $926 million, or $1.18 a share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31. Analysts had expected Delta would earn $928 million, or $1.19 a share.
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
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
April 16, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
After seven consecutive quarters of profitability, Delta Air Lines' refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, posted a $28 million loss in the first quarter of this year. Delta did not detail on a conference call with investors Thursday why the refinery lost money, after reporting an $8 million profit in the last three months of 2015 and a $106 million profit in the third quarter last year. Oil analyst Ben Brockwell at the Oil Price Information Service, who follows the aviation industry, said Trainer went "from black to red" for a couple of reasons: Higher costs for production ingredients and lower returns on the gasoline and diesel products the refinery produces and trades in exchange for jet fuel.
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.
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BUSINESS
July 16, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines' refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, posted a $10 million loss in the three months ended June 30, after a $28 million loss in the first three months of this year. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report earnings for the latest second quarter on Thursday, said the refining industry is cyclical. "We'll have good times, and bad times, with that refinery, but we are absolutely committed to it, irrespective of its profits," chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said on a conference call with investors.
NEWS
July 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A regular monthly siren test of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex at 28th Street and Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia will occur at noon Saturday. Sirens are tested on the first Saturday of each month at noon for 30 seconds, the city said. In the event of a real emergency, the siren sounds continuously for three minutes. Residents are advised to follow shelter-in-place advisories whenever the sirens sound, the city advises. That means, residents should not panic, but should go inside, close all doors and windows and turn off ventilation systems.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Three dozen city residents and environmental activists asked Philadelphia port officials Tuesday to disqualify the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery from expanding operations at the proposed Southport marine terminal at the Navy Yard. In an emotional outpouring, Maxine McCleary said her family has lived near the refinery on West Passyunk Avenue "for decades" and four of her nine siblings died from respiratory cancer. "I have respiratory problems myself," McCleary told the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority board at its monthly meeting.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
After seven consecutive quarters of profitability, Delta Air Lines' refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, posted a $28 million loss in the first quarter of this year. Delta did not detail on a conference call with investors Thursday why the refinery lost money, after reporting an $8 million profit in the last three months of 2015 and a $106 million profit in the third quarter last year. Oil analyst Ben Brockwell at the Oil Price Information Service, who follows the aviation industry, said Trainer went "from black to red" for a couple of reasons: Higher costs for production ingredients and lower returns on the gasoline and diesel products the refinery produces and trades in exchange for jet fuel.
NEWS
January 21, 2016
Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that its refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, produced a profit of $8 million in the fourth-quarter and a profit just under $300 million for the full-year 2015. "For the fourth quarter our total fuel expense declined by over $700 million driven by lower market fuel prices," chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said in a conference call on the company's earnings. Falling oil prices will help Delta save $3 billion this year, Jacobson said. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report fourth-quarter results, earned $926 million, or $1.18 a share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31. Analysts had expected Delta would earn $928 million, or $1.19 a share.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2016
In the Region Rittenhouse plan revised Southern Land Co. is negotiating with the Rittenhouse Plaza's condo owners to buy a three-story annex beside their building to accommodate more retail space at its adjacent 1911 Walnut residential tower proposal. The Nashville-based developer would use the space to extend two stories of retail planned for the Walnut Street side of the project, multifamily development director Dustin Downey said Tuesday. The space would likely be sectioned for use by two restaurant tenants, said Downey.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, posted a $106 million profit in the third quarter, compared with $19 million a year ago. "Our total fuel expense declined by over $1 billion in the quarter as lower market fuel prices more than offset higher consumption," chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said in a conference call on the company's earnings. Lower crude-oil costs and increased production helped boost the refinery's profit, Jacobson said.
NEWS
August 19, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lois Campana had just returned home from her shift as a night nurse. Her husband, Ralph, was getting dressed for a shift at Ladder 16. It was Aug. 17, 1975, and Ralph Campana already knew where he was heading: the Gulf Oil refinery in South Philadelphia, where a massive fire had been burning since before dawn. "Those people are going to blow themselves up one day," he told Lois. The refinery had already been the site of 10 multiple-alarm fires. He finished dressing, got in his car, and drove off as Lois waved from the front porch.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three years after a brush with extinction, the former Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia has increased dramatically in value under new owners and could be worth more than $1 billion. The private-equity firm Carlyle Group, which rescued the refinery in 2012 in a joint venture with Sunoco, on Thursday is launching an initial public offering of Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc. on the New York Stock Exchange. The $250 million IPO would value the underlying refinery enterprise at $1.3 billion, if PES shares launch at $16.50.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The chief operating officer of Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc. resigned quietly in April, only 13 months after he was brought in to run the sprawling former Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia, a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reveals. The company did not disclose in the filing this month the reason for David M. Ritter's termination as executive vice president. Ritter, in a telephone interview Wednesday, said he resigned for "personal reasons. " Chief executive officer Philip L. Rinaldi said Ritter departed on "friendly terms.
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