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NEWS
April 17, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Delta Airlines bid to buy the idled ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer to satisfy its enormous thirst for jet fuel appears to be gaining momentum, according to industry observers. According to reports, the Delta board of directors has endorsed a plan to bid on the refinery, one of three Philadelphia fuel-processing facilities that face closure because of poor profits. Two others are owned by Sunoco Inc. of Philadelphia, which is exiting the refining business this year altogether.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2012 | Andy Maykuth
The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee announced Tuesday that its hearing this week on refinery closures will be webcast on the committee's website: www.jec.senate.gov . The hearing, which will be chaired by U.S. Sen. Robert Casey (D., Pa.), will focus on the impact that the closing of refineries serving the Northeast will have on fuel markets. Three refineries in Philadelphia are idled or threatened with closure and a fourth refinery in the Virgin Islands also shut down earlier this year.
NEWS
December 22, 2011
Gasoline prices may rise above $4 next summer if three Philadelphia area refineries close, reducing capacity, said Edward Morse, New York-based head of commodities research at Citigroup. Sunoco Inc. and ConocoPhillips have idled two plants in Marcus Hook and Trainer, and Sunoco plans to shut the Philadelphia refinery by July if a buyer isn't found. Together, the plants account for about half of U.S. East Coast refining. "One of the things that's lurking in the marketplace is the consequence of this shutting in of about 700,000 barrels a day of East Coast refineries," Morse said in a Bloomberg TV interview.
NEWS
February 24, 2012 | Staff Report
That odor noticed by many residents of Gloucester County in South Jersey and Delaware County in Pennsylvania turned out to be a large oil leak. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said last night that 157,000 barrels of crude oil spilled from a tank at the Paulsboro Refining Company in Gloucester County. But the oil, amounting to 6.6 million gallons, leaked into an emergency containment area, which had the capacity to hold much more. As a result, there was not an immediate threat to the Delaware River, or local water supplies.
NEWS
March 12, 2009 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ten Sunoco contractors were taken to hospitals for evaluation yesterday after acid vapor escaped at the oil company's South Philadelphia refinery. Seven went to Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia; the others were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, police said. None of the injuries were life-threatening, police said. Thomas Golembeski, spokesman for Sunoco, said the contractors were being evaluated for possible vapor exposure. The release of hydrofluoric acid occurred about 10:30 a.m., he said.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
As 120 rail cars loaded with 80,000 barrels of sweet crude from North Dakota pulled with a clang into the South Philadelphia high-speed oil-train unloading yard, thunderous applause erupted from many of the 1,000 workers at the former Sunoco Inc. refinery. "Last year, we all thought we were going to get laid off and shut down," recalled Bob Partridge, who runs the warehouse for Philadelphia Energy Solutions L.L.C., operator of the former refinery. "Here we are and we are all working.
NEWS
October 5, 1994 | By Karla Haworth, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Parts of the Coastal Eagle Point Oil Co. plant were temporarily shut down for maintenance Friday, but all 370 of the refinery's employees will continue working throughout the shutdown period, a Coastal official said yesterday. Steve Eames, a spokesman for the Houston-based Coastal Corp., said the plant's crude unit and fluid catalytic cracking unit, both used in the oil refining process, were closed for modifications that will improve the plant's efficiency and processing rates.
BUSINESS
July 3, 1992 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
You think only corporate executives get stock deals? In an unusual - possibly unique - provision of their collective bargaining agreement, Sun Co. employees represented by Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers (OCAW) Local 990 in Philadelphia will receive 100 shares of restricted company stock. That's on top of a 9.5 percent wage increase. The contract affects 294 workers at Sun's 130,000-barrel-a-day refinery in the city. Sun acquired the refinery in 1988 as part of its purchase of Atlantic Petroleum Corp.
NEWS
July 11, 2007 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A lightning strike at a South Jersey refinery this afternoon sparked a spectacular fire that blazed for hours, giving off flames and thick plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles. The four-alarm fire broke out about 4:30 p.m., as a line of storms ahead of a cold front was passing through the region. Lightning struck a storage tank at Sunoco Inc.'s Eagle Point Refinery along the Delaware River, directly across from South Philadelphia's Naval Business Center. Flames licked the sky near the intersection of Interstate 295 and Route 130 in Westville, Gloucester County, for more than 31/2 hours before the fire was extinguished about 8 p.m., after emergency crews had smothered it with firefighting foam.
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