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BUSINESS
October 26, 2012 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
US Airways Group Inc. and Delta Air Lines posted higher quarterly profits Wednesday and said the revenue environment ahead looks fairly good. US Airways, which is in talks with bankrupt American Airlines about a potential merger, said third-quarter profit more than doubled to $192 million, or 98 cents a share, from $95 million, or 51 cents a share, a year earlier. That beat analysts' average estimates of 92 cents. "That's our second-best third-quarter profit in company history," US Airways chief executive Doug Parker said during a call with investors.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The United Steelworkers, which represents refinery workers, weighed in Monday in opposition to the Clean Air Council's legal challenge of a regulatory compromise that cleared the way for Philadelphia Energy Solutions to take over operations at Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery last month. Steelworkers International president Leo W. Gerard said in a statement the union disagreed with the Clean Air Council's appeal of a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection compromise that allows the refinery to emit more pollution during its initial years of operation.
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
September 28, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sunoco Inc. announced Wednesday that its shuttered Marcus Hook refinery would be reborn as a facility to process Marcellus Shale natural-gas products, fueling new construction and traffic through the Delaware River port. Sunoco's pipeline subsidiary, Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., is moving forward with a plan to transport high-value propane and ethane by pipeline from Western Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook, where the materials will be processed in a new plant and shipped by sea to domestic and export markets.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sunoco announced Wednesday that its shuttered Marcus Hook refinery will be reborn as a facility to process Marcellus Shale natural-gas products, fueling new construction and new traffic through the Delaware River port. Sunoco's pipeline subsidiary, Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., is moving forward with a plan to transport high-value propane and ethane by pipeline from western Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook, where the materials will be processed in a new plant and shipped by sea to domestic and export markets.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sunoco Inc. chief executive Brian P. MacDonald on Wednesday handed over the ceremonial keys to the company's Philadelphia oil refinery, saving 850 jobs and giving new life to the sprawling 146-year-old plant. On a cloudless morning that enhanced a sunny mood, officials marked the transfer of the plant to a new joint venture operated by the Carlyle Group, the Washington private-equity firm. Business executives, labor leaders, and elected officials of both parties stood together and lauded the cross-cultural, bipartisan cooperation that led to the agreement in July to keep the plant operating after Sunoco announced last year that it wanted to exit refining.
NEWS
September 14, 2012
By Carrie Lukas The deal that saved a Philadelphia oil refinery was recently touted as an example of the Obama administration's success at saving jobs. But rather than bolstering the president's credentials as a steward of the economy, the story of the Sunoco refinery exemplifies the overregulation and politicization that are crippling U.S. businesses. Last year, Sunoco, having ceased production at its refinery in nearby Marcus Hook, warned that it would have to close the Philadelphia plant due to decreased demand and increased operating costs.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Who knew that the economic solution for the region's beleaguered oil refineries would arrive on a slow train from North Dakota? Delta Air Lines, the new owner of the Trainer refinery that is scheduled to reopen later this month, on Thursday became the third fuel producer in the Philadelphia area to announce plans to bring in crude oil by rail from the Bakken oil field in the upper Midwest. Edward Bastian, the airline's president, told an investor conference in New York that Delta plans to replace some imported oil at Trainer with domestic crude brought in by rail.
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