July 11, 2015 |
American Water Works Company, Inc. of Voorhees on Thursday completed its acquisition of Marcellus Shale water-service provider Keystone Clearwater Solutions of Hershey, Pa. The acquisition, announced in June, values Keystone at $130 million. American is acquiring 95 percent of the stock for $123.5 million. Keystone, founded in 2009, is owned by Rex Energy Corp., a shale-gas producer based in State College. Rex Energy's 60-percent share of the company will generate net proceeds of $66 million, which it says it will use to reduce debt and for general corporate purposes.
July 1, 2015 |
Though most outdoor performances would benefit from being indoors, the new choral/dance work Turbine unquestionably belonged where it was Sunday evening, at the Fairmount Water Works overlooking the Schuylkill - even though Saturday's downpour had cost it one of two planned performances. Early on, one puzzled over the amorphousness of this site-specific collaboration by choreographer Leah Stein, composer Byron au Yong, and the Mendelssohn Club choir. It seemed to be poetic murmuring, with short congenial melodies suggesting a lamentation recalled from a distant past.
June 21, 2015 |
Cleanup trucks and pumps lined the muddy parking lot at the Bakers Centre shopping complex in Philadelphia's Nicetown section on Friday, as businesses mopped their floors and assessed damage from the second major water-main break there in less than two years. Officials estimate that seven million gallons of water gushed out Thursday when a 48-inch transmission main broke, flooding several stores and the parking lot at the shopping center. Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio said officials have not yet determined the cause of the break or how much the main will cost to repair.
June 19, 2015 |
President Obama's late but welcome restoration of the government's power to keep polluters from dumping toxins upstream of drinking water supplies is undergoing its greatest challenge. Republicans and some Democrats are trying to scuttle the rule clarifying the extent of the government's powers under the Clean Water Act. Following the simple logic that poison dumped upstream will flow downstream and eventually into water taps, the new rule protects small streams, headwaters, and wetlands that are crucial to the quality of water supplies.
June 17, 2015 |
The day after a 36-inch water main burst and flooded dozens of homes in a West Philadelphia neighborhood, the water was gone from the basements, but the stench of mold and sewage reeked throughout the homes. Residents near Westminster Avenue and 52d Street were assessing the damage to their homes Monday morning, the start of what is sure to be a long and arduous process of getting their basements cleaned and their houses fixed, or moving out altogether, and getting compensation from the city.
June 16, 2015 |
The first time Fallon Postell remembers water cascading down the 5100 block of Wyalusing Avenue in West Philadelphia was 1994. She was 11 and, still in her flannel pajamas, she followed her mother out to dry land. In 2004, it took Fire Department boats to rescue her and her family from their flooded block. On Sunday, Postell, now 32, awoke to find yet another deluge headed toward her door. "All I could think was 'Oh, no. Not again,' " she said. An early-morning water-main break sent at least 10 million gallons gushing down the block, buckling pavement and damaging about 40 homes and more than a dozen vehicles.
June 13, 2015 |
A city inspector approved the unsafe installation of a security gate at a Rita's Water Ice stand, and five years later the gate fell and killed a 3-year-old girl, according to documents and interviews. After that accident last summer, another inspector covered up the mistake, say four current or former inspectors for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, citing agency records. The accident happened on June 28, 2014, a year after L&I had been rocked by the deaths of six people in the Center City building collapse at 22d and Market Streets.
June 12, 2015 |
John Anderson hopes to help more people fall in love with the Rancocas Creek. "You paddle into a semi-wilderness . . . and you can't see houses, you can't hear anything," says the Westampton resident, 53. "All you hear is nature. It's hypnotic. It's an escape from everything around us. " Anderson, who regularly plies his red Pyranha Mountain 300 kayak along the storied Rancocas, is championing an excellent idea: Creating a "water trail" to encourage more people to kayak, canoe, or hike along tidal portions of the creek.
June 10, 2015 |
Voorhees-based American Water Works has asked the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) for $164 million in tax credits to move its headquarters to Camden. The application is to be considered at Tuesday's meeting of the EDA at the Waterfront Technology Center in Camden. The EDA also will consider a request from a joint Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden board for $50 million to build a "health sciences" building in the city, according to the agenda. That building, on Broadway near Cooper Medical Center, would have classrooms, lab space and offices, and would house Rutgers-Camden's Center for Computational and Integrative Biology.
June 10, 2015 |
Alvin Davis, 78, formerly of Wynnewood, a businessman who recognized the potential of the Super Soaker and saw the toy water gun rocket to worldwide popularity in 1990 after he agreed to manufacture it, has died. Mr. Davis died Friday, June 5, from injuries he sustained in a fall while doing a repair at his summer home in Linville, N.C., his family said. Although a resident of Naples, Fla., for the last decade, Mr. Davis was born in Philadelphia. He spent his childhood in South Philadelphia and Wynnefield.