Category: Refining

Doctors seek to block oil refinery expansion

A group of doctors concerned about air pollution is asking Utah regulators to put a hold on a major oil refinery expansion.  More »

BP completes refinery upgrade to use more Canadian crude

BP has turned on a key new unit to process more Canadian oil sands crude at the company’s largest refinery in Indiana, the British oil giant announced Wednesday.  More »

EPA says Chevron violated law at California refinery

The blaze sent thousands of people to hospitals seeking medical attention.  More »

Shell boosts gasoline sales, despite falling demand

Royal Dutch Shell says it has actually boosted its domestic gasoline sales over the last five years, despite plummeting demand for the fuel in the United States.  More »

Report: Little progress in refinery safety since deadly Texas City explosion

Federal investigators on Monday called for an overhaul of the way oil refineries are regulated in California and across the nation, saying the smoky fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery last year exposed weaknesses in systems that do not force companies to demonstrate they are operating as safely as possible.  More »

Chevron ignored warnings before refinery fire, safety report says

The fire at Chevron Corp.’s refinery in Richmond, California, last year that sickened thousands was caused by the company ignoring a decade’s worth of calls for inspections and upgrades of piping that eventually corroded and failed, a federal safety report said today.  More »

Ethanol use to hit record as corn prices slump, feds project

Corn prices have fallen 40 percent in 2013, a drop that inspired refineries to blend a record amount of ethanol into gasoline in August.  More »

Crude from Colorado rides train to new railport

A trainload of crude Colorado arrived last week at a new railport in Orange County.  More »

OSHA cites Houston manufacturer after worker struck by machine part

The agency has proposed penalties totaling $199,800 for four repeat and three serious violations, according to OSHA.  More »

Valero Energy Partners shares soar in trading debut

Valero Energy Partners, a master limited partnership, was formed in July by refiner Valero Energy Corp. to own pipelines and other logistics assets.  More »

Exports of diesel, heating oil jump 30%

U.S. exports of diesel and other distillate fuels reached a monthly record in July as global demand for fuel grows, according to new federal data.  More »

Phillips 66 plans 40 percent hike in annual spending

Phillips 66 said Friday it is planning to spend $2.7 billion next year to expand its midstream and chemicals businesses, as its once most lucrative business – petrochemical refining – has fallen on hard times.  More »