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Citgo fined for alleged air pollution in Ill., La.

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The Department of Justice says Houston-based CITGO Petroleum Corp. has agreed pay a $737,000 fine and install air pollution controls at refineries in Illinois and Louisiana to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations.
Categories: Refining
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Train car derails while headed to NJ oil refinery

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A single train car has derailed in the southern New Jersey community where a derailment last year caused the leak of a potentially dangerous chemical.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/GettyImages)

Oil reform could jumpstart Mexico’s refineries

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto unveiled a proposal last month that would allow some direct foreign investment in Pemex projects and the new rules could reshape its downstream operations as Mexicans demand more fuel than their refineries can deliver.
Valero Port Arthur refinery

Valero’s stock drops on project delays

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Valero, the nation’s largest independent refiner, said its plan to expand hydrocrackers at its Port Arthur refinery and St. Charles plant in Louisiana would be delayed until 2018 instead of 2015.
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Shell names new oil refining chief

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, named John Abbott as refining director to succeed Ben van Beurden, who will become chief executive officer in January.
Categories: Refining, Social
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Valero implores Obama administration to waive ethanol mandate

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Valero Energy Corp., the world’s largest independent refining company, called on the Obama administration to waive the country’s biofuel target immediately, saying the cost to reach it has skyrocketed.
The Texas City Refinery is shown in March 2005. The facility now belongs to Marathon Petroleum. (AP file photo/Tony Gutierrez)

BP heading to court over health claims at Texas City refinery

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This week four of more than 48,000 residents who sued BP claiming health damage from the toxic gases that spewed from its Texas City refinery for 40 days in 2010 will be the first to have their day in court.
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BP Texas refinery neighbors seek billions at toxin trial

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BP Plc (BP/) faces the first of almost 48,000 toxic exposure claims from neighbors of a Texas refinery who say they’ll give the billions of dollars in punitive damages they’re seeking to charity if they win at trial.
Categories: Legal issues, Refining
A railway worker switches a rail line as rail cars are moved into a yard. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

Rail will be a lasting competitor against pipelines, EY says

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While new pipeline projects may lessen the use of crude by rail transport to the Gulf Coast, railroads will continue to provide access to coastal refineries, becoming a permanent option for moving oil domestically, an EY Oil & Gas report said Wednesday.
An unidentified man walks along oil pipelines belonging to Agip Oil company in Obrikom, Nigeria. AP Photo/George Osodi)

Tycoon plans Nigeria’s largest oil refinery

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A company run by Africa’s richest man received a loan toward a $9 billion project that will give Nigeria its largest oil refinery and petrochemical and fertilizer complex, reducing the country’s reliance on international markets.