Delaware County Emergency Service officials met with representatives from Sunoco and Conoco Phillips oil refineries on Thursday to discuss public safety concerns following the closure of the two facilities.
The CEO at Sunoco is stepping down at the end of the month after four years at the helm, overseeing changes that include a decision to get out of the oil refining business in favor becoming a retail operation.
Standing in front of the former Sunoco refinery in West Deptford, Assemblyman John Burzichelli is among those who want the company to pay for the loss of some 500 jobs.
Officials of Sunoco and ConocoPhillips told state lawmakers yesterday they are still working to find a buyer their idled Delaware County refineries, while local emergency response officials expressed concerns that they may be left holding the bag if no buyers are found.
With operations at two Delaware County oil refineries suspended, and a third in Southwest Philadelphia threatened in the New Year, thousands of local jobs hang in the balance.
“What we heard today was absolutely nothing,” said United Steelworkers VP Gary Beevers after a meeting in Marcus Hook.
Sunoco is idling a refinery in suburban Philadelphia, and the company says about 490 layoffs are expected.
Rep. Pat Meehan (at lectern) figures some 2,600 jobs are on the line if three Delaware County refineries shut down.
Sunoco’s announcement that it is getting out of the refinery business has residents of Marcus Hook more than a little worried.
Chris analyzes the fallout from Teamster President James Hoffa’s comments on Labor Day. He talks to Pat Meehan about the potential closing of two local Sunoco refineries and Dom Giordano about the strike by high school teachers at Catholic High Schools in Philadelphia.
Sunoco says it will try to sell its refineries in Philadelphia and Marcus Hook, and if that’s not possible, they’ll be shut down next July.
Police are searching for three suspects in an early morning gas station robbery on May 24.
Officials at a suburban Philadelphia refinery say a power failure is responsible for flames and plumes of black smoke shooting from its stacks, but there is no danger to the public.
No one was hurt, but the suspect made off with the cash register.
Philadelphia Police are searching for a suspect who is accused of shooting and robbing a man in a security guard uniform in the city’s Mantua neighborhood.