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Petrochemical growth may keep Houston out of oil-related recession

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West Houston, with white-collar oil and gas jobs in the Energy Corridor, and the Galleria area will suffer more, while the more blue-collar East Houston workforce would be better off in the short term, the report contends.
A United Steelworkers Union member pickets outside Marathon Petroleum Company's Galveston Bay Refining Division on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Texas City. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Strike at Marathon Petroleum refinery ends

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Workers at Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Galveston Bay Refinery will go back to work following a more than four-month strike that ended Tuesday when union members ratified a contract with the company.
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PBF Energy snaps up Gulf Coast refinery for $322 million

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PBF Energy on Thursday announced plans to spend $322 million to buy a refinery and pipelines outside of New Orleans in a deal that gives the company a new footprint in the booming Gulf Coast refining corridor.
A United Steelworkers Union member pickets outside Marathon Petroleum Company's Galveston Bay Refining Division on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Texas City. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Steelworkers to vote on agreement to return to work at Galveston Bay refinery

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The Marathon workers, who became locked in a heated battle over local issues including proposed company changes in work schedules and safety procedures, remain the only work group out of 15 nationwide still on the picket lines.
Screengrab of an infrared image captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, June 15, 2015. (NOAA)

Enterprise Products Partners evacuates three offshore platforms; other companies watching tropical storm closely

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Oil companies and refiners are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, but the storm hasn’t shut down operations or triggered evacuations of essential personnel.
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Steelworkers, Marathon Petroleum reach tentative deal for Texas City refinery

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The pact, if approved by the union members, would mark the end of a nationwide walkout that at its height affected 15 refineries, chemical plants and other locations.
(Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Exxon to get federal money for WWII-related cleanup

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Exxon Mobil Corp. will get help from the U.S. government in paying for clean up costs at two refineries that produced billions of gallons of aviation fuel for allied forces during World War II and the Korean War.
FILE - This Oct. 11, 2013 file photo shows cleanup at the site of an oil pipeline leak and spill near Tioga, N.D. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, File)

Cleanup of oil spill at ND farm to take 2 more years

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“It’s now just become part of our lives,” Patty Jensen said of the massive spill from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline that was discovered in September 2013 by her husband.
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Crude slump leads to big profits for refiners

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Refiners are pocketing big profits as they soak up vast supplies of cheap oil and transform it into higher priced petroleum products, a new government report finds.
A United Steelworkers Union member pickets outside Marathon Petroleum Company's Galveston Bay Refining Division on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Texas City. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Fuel company settles claims over air emissions in 3 states

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The federal government said Marathon failed to comply with some fuel quality emissions standards along with record keeping, sampling and testing requirements.