New acid accident burns 2 workers at Tesoro refinery in Calif.

Two contractors doing maintenance work at a Tesoro Corp.’s refinery in California suffered burns Monday when they were splashed with sulfuric acid, an accident that occurred in the same processing unit where two employees were burned by acid last month, officials said.
A boat passes a refinery standing along the Houston Ship Channel.  (Scott Dalton/Bloomberg)

EPA chief suggests no swift action on refinery pollution rules

Nearly two years after a legal deadline to impose new greenhouse gas limits for oil refineries, those rules are far from reality, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy signaled Thursday.
Valero CEO Bill Klesse speaks about global oil demand during the IHS CERAWeek energy conference on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Oil demand won’t peak for decades, Valero CEO says

growing need for transportation fuels in developing countries will stave off a peak in global oil demand over the next decade, despite shrinking oil use in the U.S. and other mature markets, panelists said Tuesday.
Valero CEO Bill Klesse speaks during a panel discussion at CERAWeek 2010 at Hilton Americas Hotel Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Chronicle )

Valero CEO to step down

Valero Energy Corp. announced Monday that Bill Klesse, 67, has chosen to step down as CEO effective May 1. Klesse will remain a director and chairman of the board of Valero, the world’s largest independent refiner
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A Turbulent Winter For Jet Fuel

2014 thus far has been more turbulent than usual for the US crude complex, as wickedly wintry weather has shaken up both supply and demand for the products like a snow globe (probably a bad turn of phrase). Just as gasoline demand has hit the brakes and heating oil demand has been simmering, the jet […]
Tankers in the Houston Ship Channel. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Surge in fuel exports boosting US trade balance

The value of net refined fuel exports from the U.S. increased 55 percent in 2013 over the prior year, reaching $33 billion, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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Tesoro Corp.'s Golden Eagle Refinery, where two workers were recently sprayed with sulfuric acid, sits near Interstate 680 close to the Waterbird Regional Preserve in Pacheco. (Michael Short/special To The San Francisco Chronicle)

Tesoro bars federal safety agency from East Bay refinery

In an unprecedented challenge, Tesoro Corp. has barred federal authorities from going inside its refinery near Martinez to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe, The Chronicle has learned.
North Pole Refinery (Photo: Flint Hills Resources)

Governor defends actions for oil refinery’s future

Gov. Sean Parnell said critics of his administration’s actions in a North Pole oil refinery’s impending closure don’t see behind-the-scenes work that could keep the refinery operating.
Phillips 66 operates the Gulf Coast Fractionators facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas. (Phillips 66)

Phillips 66 shifts focus with $3 billion in new projects

Phillips 66 is no longer betting its future on the massive refining business that made it the second-largest energy company in the world. Instead, it’s using refining, once its most profitable arm, as a cash cow to transform itself into a business that primarily operates energy transportation, storage and processing infrastructure.
A boat passes a refinery standing along the Houston Ship Channel.  (Scott Dalton/Bloomberg)

Houston port’s $35B blitz led by energy investments (photos)

As record oil and gas output floods the country with cheap and abundant energy and brings the U.S. closer to energy independence, the bulk of the fuels get squeezed through Houston, the country’s largest export gateway and the core of its biggest refining region.