As 150 million gallons of highly flammable crude oil travels through Philadelphia each week, some fear we are overdue for another large-scale disaster. Coryn Wolk steps back to view the current conflict between public safety and reclamation of the Schuylkill and Delaware River waterfronts and the city’s booming oil industry.
A Petaled Rose Of Hell: Refineries, Fire Risk, And The New Geography Of Oil In Philadelphia’s Tidewater
As Will Bunch reveals in his Daily News report today, the increasing rail transport of crude oil through the city may be a threat to public safety. In this investigation, Hidden City contributor Christopher Dougherty explores Philadelphia’s dangerous history with oil refining and transport—and contemporary industry changes that are putting increased pressure on local infrastructure