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Local union chapter and refiners far from deal, says union official

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The gulf between local chapters of the union and Houston employers could complicate a deal to end the national strike that has had Steelworkers’s members picketing nine chemical plants and refineries across the U.S., five of which are in Houston.
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Workers at three local refineries on strike

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Workers at three area refineries and two other local facilities went on strike early Sunday after the Steelworkers union failed to reach a contract deal with industry negotiators.
(AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

Phillips 66 earnings up 39 percent

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The company’s profits in its marketing and specialties division soared, rising from $105 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 to $367 million a year later.
In an effort to show support for ongoing labor negotiations, about 150 employees of Lyondellbasell Refinery in Houston fanned out in front of the plant late Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle)

Union workers press their case for contract demands at Lyondell refinery

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Current contracts expire at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 1. for most of the 30,000 oil workers – including 5,000 in Houston – covered by the labor agreements.
The United Steelworkers represent about 475 workers at the LyondellBasell Refinery.
Workers go for lunch at the construction site of the Oryx Gas-to-Liquids plant in Ras Laffan Industrial City north of Doha, in Qatar, Feb. 16, 2005. The plant, which is the largest in the world, and is expected to begin operation in 2006, is a joint venture between South Africa's Sasol and state-owned Qatar Petroleum that will convert natural gas into clean-burning diesel fuel, as well as smaller amounts of other liquids. (AP Photo/Str).

Sasol delays decision on $14 billion U.S. plant on oil drop

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The facility was to be located next to an $8 billion ethane cracker in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
(Thomas Shea photo)

Refining execs want to be heard on crude exports

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“The implications of lifting restrictions on exporting domestic crude are less well known to lawmakers, much less the public,” said the executives from Alon USA, Monroe Energy, PBF Energy and Philadelphia Energy Solutions.
(Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

Citgo said to plan $2.5 billion of debt for Venezuela dividend

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Citgo Petroleum Corp. is planning to raise $2.5 billion and transfer the funds to its cash-strapped corporate parent, state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg News reports.
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U.S. Senator John Cornyn speaks to the audience at the GOP election night party in Austin on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News)

Beaumont event touts benefits of Keystone XL

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Crude has long coursed from Canada to Oklahoma through the existing Keystone pipeline. Southeast Texas connected to that line in January last year when the Keystone XL southern leg ending in Nederland was complete, and Gulf Coast plants are already refining crude from Canadian fields.
(Photographer: Paul O'Driscoll/Bloomberg News.)

Shell scraps plans for multi-billion dollar petrochemical plant

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Royal Dutch Shell won’t move forward with plans for a new petrochemical plant in Qatar, the company announced Wednesday morning.
KiOR's facility in Columbus, Miss. (KiOR)

KiOR says Miss. seeks to destroy it in court ploy

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Bankrupt biofuel maker KiOR and controlling shareholder Vinod Khosla say the state of Mississippi is using legal tactics in an attempt to squeeze money from the company.