Monday, September 14, 2015

Remaking of Marcus Hook, Pa.: From oil town to gas town

Marcus Hook complex. Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Photographer DAVID SWANSON
Betting big on predictions of inexpensive and plentiful natural gas liquids in the Marcellus Shale in Western Pennsylvania, the facility that once made Marcus Hook an oil town is turning its attention to gas. 

Philadelphia Inquirer
reporter Caitlin McCabe writes:

The sprawling facility in the tiny Delaware County borough of 2,400 wasn't always this way: Just three years ago, the complex - once the site of Sunoco Inc.'s oil refinery - sat largely vacant, its smokestacks extinguished, and most of its more than 500 workers long laid off
For as long as residents can remember, the refinery grounds that long belonged to Sunoco were not just a presence in the borough. They defined it. Dominating the municipality's one square mile of land, the refinery shaped the lives of residents for generations.

So when Sunoco abruptly announced in 2011 that it was shutting down after more than 100 years, thousands worried about the borough's viability. Others worried about their own.

Gradually, owing to Sunoco Logistics, the sister company of Sunoco, new life at the once-busy complex has begun.

Close to 200 permanent jobs have returned to the small town south of Philadelphia.
A floundering economy - slowly - is forging ahead.

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