January 8, 2000 |
In one of the most unusual heists of 1999, police are investigating the theft of nearly 1 million gallons of heating oil from a Southwest Philadelphia tank facility. The heating oil is valued at $600,000 wholesale, and is worth up to twice as much at retail prices, police said. TransMontaigne Co. discovered the theft in November, when the company noticed a discrepancy in the amount of heating oil being stored at its facility at 58th Street and the Schuylkill, said Jim Boyd, the company's senior vice president.
April 8, 1993 |
The exercise was part of an emergency response plan required by the federal Oil Spill Prevention Act of 1990, which applies to all facilities handling petroleum products that have potential for spills. The drill involved a simulated oil pipeline break. Fire chiefs from Aston and Upper Chichester Township and officials from BP Oil Pipeline Co., which owns the tank farm, and the BP Oil Refinery participated in the drill.
February 10, 2000 |
Last weekend's oil spill at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge occurred at a bend in the 50-year-old pipe where a weld cracked. The weld was part of a joint that was once common in pipeline construction but is no longer used. Officials of Sunoco, which owns the pipe, said yesterday that even though a better method is now used to join sections of pipe in new construction, there was "nothing inherently wrong" with the welded bend. They said the big mystery now was figuring out what caused the crack, which is three inches long.
December 18, 1993 |
It takes a special breed of businessman to get excited about a waterfront property surrounded by refineries and salvage yards. But to Robert J. Krawiecki, opportunity outweighs aesthetics in the 36-acre petroleum tank farm his company bought on Tuesday for $700,000 along the Schuylkill at 61st Street and Passyunk Avenue. "We're real excited about the prospects of what we'll do there," said Krawiecki, the president of C.R. Warner Inc., a Woodstown, N.J., oil recycler. The tract, formerly home to the bankrupt Pioneer Oil Co. Inc., had failed to attract a serious buyer earlier this year, when it was listed for $3.6 million, and so it was liquidated in an absolute auction: There was no minimum bid. "What can I say?"
January 5, 1991 |
Officials of Coastal Eagle Point Oil Co. called a news conference yesterday to warn parents that pranks by their children at the company's West Deptford refinery or Westville tank farm could cause a catastrophe. "We want local area parents to know that area children are risking their lives needlessly," said Joseph Graham, employee relations manager. Graham said that cigarette butts had been found inside a 9.2 million-gallon tank containing heating oil at Eagle Point's Westville tank farm and that fireworks apparently were set off atop one of the tanks July 4. Michael Sautter, another company official, said a spark from a cigarette could ignite fuel oil vapors.
June 29, 2011 |
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., the unexciting but reliably profitable pipeline subsidiary of Sunoco Inc., is buying two fuel terminals for $156 million that will extend the reach of its supply network. Sunoco Logistics is buying the tank farm at Sunoco's Eagle Point property in Westville, Gloucester County, from the parent company for $100 million. It is also buying a refined products terminal in East Boston, Mass., from ConocoPhillips for $56 million. The Eagle Point tank farm, located next to a refinery that Sunoco shut down in 2009, has 5 million barrels of storage capacity.
June 23, 1993 |
Is this flower-strewn meadow somewhere on the Great Prairie? No. The tank farm in the background is a dead giveaway. The garden is at 26th Street and Penrose Avenue in South Philadelphia, where Blaine Bonham (left), of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Greg Straub and Barbara Olejnik review plans for beautifying the lot. The Horticultural Society organized an extensive roadside cleanup and landscaping earlier this year. Through its "Philadelphia Green" project, federal, state and city money were gathered to demolish old buildings, remove trash and plant trees and perennials at the busy intersection, which has long been an eyesore for motorists leaving Philadelphia's airport.
August 29, 2011
Sunoco Inc. shut a crude-oil refining unit at its Philadelphia refinery on Sunday after pumps in a tank farm that supplies the unit flooded because of Hurricane Irene, according to a person familiar with plant operations. The unit was operating at about half capacity, or about 40,0000 barrels a day, said the person, who declined to be identified because the information isn't public. Thomas Golembeski, a Sunoco spokesman, said in an e-mail that the Philadelphia and Marcus Hook refineries are operating at reduced rates after the storm.
January 4, 1999 |
Bundled in his pajamas and a robe, carpenter Ozzie Lawrence was enjoying his first quiet evening at home with his family in about five years. And then the explosions began. Late Saturday, a five-alarm fire at the Sartomer Co. chemical plant at 610 S. Bolmar St. sparked a series of explosions in a tank yard - forcing workers and about 100 neighbors to evacuate into the freezing rain and ice-covered streets and sidewalks. "It sounded like a bomb," said Ozzie Lawrence's wife, Dawn, 36, an administrative assistant who rarely sees her husband because of his work schedule.