Category: Refining

Steelworkers rally at Shell HQ as talks set to resume Wednesday

The marchers started at City Hall and went on to various buildings of oil companies they are battling with over labor contracts.  More »

Changing Seasons in Energyland™

As the seemingly permanent blanket of snow in my yard lifted this week to reveal the green, green grass below (albeit briefly), I am reminded that seasons change. But it is not just clocks and landscapes that are undergoing a shift, but also a veritable variety of elements in energyland™. So here are some such […]  More »

California State Senate holds hearing in Torrance on refinery explosion

Refinery owner Exxon Mobil officials, first-responders and representatives of government environmental agencies were scheduled to appear at the public hearing at Torrance City Hall.  More »

Steelworkers fire back over unfair labor practice charges

The National Right to Work Foundation is providing legal help to three employees of LyondellBasell who filed unfair labor practice charges against the union.  More »

Steelworkers strike: More labor board charges filed

Late last month, LyondellBasell also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB, accusing the Steelworkers union of harassing members who have returned to their jobs.  More »

Crude inventories at their highest level in decades after another build

Total crude oil inventories now stand at 444.4 million barrels, a modern-era high.  More »

Vilsack Q&A: Biofuels have a ‘bright’ future

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sees big opportunities for biofuels in foreign markets and fueling airlines — especially if the sector beats back stiff oil industry opposition.  More »

Cameron LNG applies for approval of project expansion

The project is among several proposals to tap into ample supplies of gas from shale rock in the U.S. and an extensive pipeline network to meet demand from Japan, South Korea and other LNG importers.  More »

Union is striking for safety, Steelworkers’ international head says

Improving health and safety at the nation’s refineries is the reason the United Steelworkers union is on strike, said Leo W. Gerard, international president of the union that has walked out of 15 refineries and chemical plants since launching its strike Feb. 1.  More »

Steelworkers picket outside two Louisiana refineries

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that strikers marched Sunday outside the Motiva plants in Norco and Convent.  More »

No new talks set between Shell, Steelworkers

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.”  More »

Shell reveals what it says is the sticking point in labor talks

The central issue blocking a settlement is not safety, fatigue, healthcare or wages, the statement said.  More »

Steelworkers strike expands to Port Arthur and beyond

The United Steelworkers union has expanded its strike to the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur.  More »

Steelworker strike: Talks ongoing as tensions mount on picket line

The Houston Police Department was investigating whether an unidentified off-duty officer who works for another law enforcement agency threatened to shoot picketers early Friday morning, HPD public information officer Jodi Silva said.  More »

Exxon refinery unit in California down for maintenance before fire

The Oil Price Information Service, which tracks the oil industry, said Thursday the unit was down for two days after problems with a recently repaired component within it.  More »
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