June 18, 2015
ISSUE | ENERGY Solar, not tankers Philadelphia should be exceedingly proud that it has created a sustainable business center at the former Navy Yard. The $129 million U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub hosts numerous energy-efficient buildings and a 35-megawatt unregulated electric grid with leading smart-grid research. Let's hope that Philadelphia's future lies with safe, sustainable energy rather than explosive tanker cars and leaking pipelines that could endanger the city.
February 26, 2015 |
The Route 90 ramp in Pennsauken where an oil tanker burst into flames Monday will remain closed for several days as crews clean up fuel that spilled onto the roadway and into nearby soil, Delaware River Port Authority officials said Tuesday. A light pole and the guardrail will also have to be replaced and the road repaved. The DRPA, which controls the ramp, will ask TK Transport, a Pennsauken-based company that employs the tanker's driver, to pay for the repairs. "I don't expect any resistance," the DRPA's chief executive, John Hanson, said.
February 25, 2015 |
Emergency crews remain at the highway ramp where an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames in Pennsauken Monday morning, authorities said. The accident occurred on Route 130 northbound at the ramp to Route 90. Some news outlets reported that the driver of the tanker was accounted for, and there did not appear to be any other vehicles involved. The fire sent thick black smoke billowing into the sky that could be seen for miles around, including in Northeast Philadelphia. Authorities said a crash team would try to determine the cause of the accident and whether ice or snow was a contributing factor.
February 25, 2015 |
Emergency crews were expected to continue working into Tuesday to clean up thousands of gallons of fuel that spilled in Pennsauken from a tanker truck that overturned and exploded into flames Monday morning, authorities said. They said the roadway would be closed as it is cleaned up and inspected for structural damage, and alerted motorists to expect detours. The incident occurred about 11 a.m. on the ramp to Route 130 from Route 90. The tanker spilled 7,800 gallons of fuel, said John Hanson, chief executive officer for the Delaware River Port Authority, which oversees the ramp.
January 30, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Mike Austin knew it was bad when his cellphone buzzed after 12:30 a.m. Quickly, he scribbled notes and called a coworker: "Train derailment. Seven cars. It's on a bridge. I'm going to need help. " Then he hopped into his white Chevrolet Suburban and drove 21/2 hours from a sleepy Baltimore suburb toward Philadelphia, to which derailment experts from around the country were being summoned. Their task: Remove tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil and more than 1.8 million pounds of train cars from atop the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge.
January 22, 2014 |
IT COULD HAVE been worse - a lot worse. None of the seven CSX cars - six of them loaded with volatile crude oil - that derailed on the 128-year-old rail bridge over the Schuylkill between University City and Grays Ferry about 12:30 a.m. yesterday fell onto the busy expressway, which would have risked a fiery conflagration. And none of the oil-laden tanker cars - criticized by experts and environmentalists as too easy to rupture - broke open and spilled into the waterway as they tilted precariously, although the Coast Guard rushed a boat to the scene and placed booms across the river just in case.
September 18, 2013 |
GREENWICH TWP. An empty tanker car of a train on its way to the Paulsboro refinery derailed just after noon Monday about a half-mile south of the scene of a derailment last year that caused a toxic chemical release. None of the other tanker cars went off the tracks Monday. At least one of the tankers carried liquefied petroleum gas, Greenwich Police Chief Joseph M. Giordano Jr. said. No leaks were detected, he said. Liquefied petroleum gas consists mostly of propane and butane, and is found in gas wells and oil wells.
August 14, 2013 |
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard has an agreement to build up to eight product tankers for Crowley Maritime Corp. of Jacksonville, Fla., that could keep the yard busy through 2017. Under terms of a joint business venture, Aker signed a $500 million contract with Crowley to build the first four 330,000-barrel tankers, to be completed in 2015 and 2016. The companies agreed to options for a possible four additional tankers. After several lean years, Aker's workforce is back to 1,000 at the Navy Yard.
July 11, 2013 |
The runaway crude-oil train that roasted downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on Saturday has the refiners and shippers who count on similar trainloads to fill the Delaware River refineries paying close attention. Could this happen here? After all the blather about running out of oil, more crude is now flowing from deep wells and giant pits in central North America than ever. Pipeline operators want to ship the stuff East to refiners and consumers. Environmentalists and their alternative-energy allies in the Obama White House have blocked those plans, so far. So instead, oil has gone by rail - enriching people like Warren Buffett , whose Berkshire Hathaway holding company owns the Burlington Northern Santa Fe lines that dominate energy country, and Edward Burkhardt , who runs Chicago-based Rail World Inc. , which ran the killer train of Lac-Megantic.
July 4, 2013 |
Paul A. Tanker, 86, of Philadelphia, a philanthropist and actuarial company founder, died Monday, July 1, at Einstein Medical Center of complications from a stroke. He became ill Saturday while playing tennis at the Germantown Cricket Club. He lived in Cherry Hill and Wyndmoor before moving to the city several years ago. In 1960, with a $2,000 loan from friends, he created Paul A. Tanker & Associates, a pension and actuarial consulting firm in Center City. The company grew from two employees to 55 before he sold it in 1989 to Noble Lowndes, an international benefits company.