Dave Washington, left, Bobbie Thompson, and Kevin Hyde, United Steel Workers Local 13-227 members, employed by LyondellBasell Industries Houston, hold a strike claiming unfair labor practices at the oil refinery plant Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

Fitch: Prolonged refinery strike could affect gasoline supplies

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Though the ongoing United Steelworkers strike hasn’t had much impact on the market for refined products yet, it could if the strike continues for much longer, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings.
Lamar University's diesel powered car during a press conference at city hall with Houston area high school and college teams entered in the 9th annual Shell Eco- marathon Americas which will take place in Detroit, Michigan Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Houston. Eco-marathon is a high school and college competition to create an energy efficient car.
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Student teams rev their engines for Shell Eco-marathon in Motor City

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The Shell Eco-marathon is moving from Houston to Detroit this year, but the Anglo-Dutch oil major gave six Houston-area teams of college and high school students a send off at city hall Wednesday for competitors looking to create the most fuel-efficient vehicles.
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U.S. consumer spending on fuel at a six-year low in January

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According to the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, Americans spent 21 percent less on gasoline, electricity and gas services in January than at the same time last year.
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Ohio sues BP for more than $33M in cleanup of storage tanks

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The state’s attorney general and the Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board filed the lawsuit Monday. The board administers a fund used as a last resort when tank owners lack coverage or don’t accept insurance money.
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Trends in Texas Wind Generation, Driving Habits, and Network-enabled Devices

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Apparently, the Queen of England sent her first email in 1976, some 14 years before the World Wide Web was born. I learned this while reading about the growth of ‘smart’ devices, and their impact on energy demand. This week I’ve also been exploring trends in US wind generation, as well as changing gasoline habits. […]
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Agency to vote on reducing California gas tax by 7.5 cents

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The agency’s staff is recommending reducing the excise tax rate from 18 cents to 10.5 cents.
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No new talks set between Shell, Steelworkers

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In a negotiations update Sunday, Steelworkers officials countered that oil industry negotiators refuse to address “well-documented and widespread safety deficiencies,” and “reject our efforts to reduce excessive overtime.”
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Tesoro OKs two projects at Anacortes plant

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Refiner Tesoro Corp. said Tuesday it will spend almost $400 million on two projects at its Anacortes, Washington, refinery.
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Oil rises to highest this year amid Libyan, Iraqi disruptions

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West Texas Intermediate oil for March delivery rose 75 cents from Friday’s settlement to $53.53 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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Brent crude settles over $60 a barrel in London

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West Texas Intermediate oil for March delivery advanced $1.57 to settle at $52.78 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.