Category: Refining

Deal reached on tax breaks for Pa. refinery

Top state Republican lawmakers have reached an agreement on a package of tax breaks that Gov. Tom Corbett has sought in hopes of encouraging the construction of a multibillion-dollar petrochemical refinery and an associated chemical manufacturing industry in Pennsylvania, lawmakers and legislative aides said.  More »

Study outlines options for shuttered Pa. refinery

A study commissioned by a suburban Philadelphia county has identified a number of possible futures for a shuttered refinery, many of them linked to the growing supply of natural gas due to the Marcellus Shale drilling boom.  More »

Tax experts question credits for Pa. Shell plant

Gov. Tom Corbett and union leaders want lawmakers to approve a $1.7 billion tax credit to lure a new petrochemical plant to western Pennsylvania, but some tax experts say that would run counter to sensible tax practices and would be unfair to other businesses.  More »

DC Circuit Rejects All Challenges to PSD greenhouse gas regulation. What Now?

Yesterday the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issues a stinging rebuke to state and industry challengers’ petition to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, and extending that regulation to prevention of significant detioration for major stationary sources. The unanimous decision stated that the EPA’s endangerment […]  More »

New Motiva crude unit faces months-long repair

Weeks after a ceremony marking a $10 billion expansion, Motiva has shut down a major new unit of its Port Arthur refinery and authorities are investigating a chemical leak and small fires that have tarnished the project’s startup.  More »

Damage from caustic leak at new Motiva plant may cost millions to fix

A major component of the $10 billion Motiva refinery expansion project in Port Arthur will shut down for several months because of caustic corrosion, a Shell spokeswoman says.  More »

Refinery workers to return to job after Delta deal

Some of the workers who lost their jobs at a suburban Philadelphia refinery last year are going back to work after Delta Air Lines completed a deal to reopen the facility and make its own jet fuel.  More »

Delta gets approval for pipeline transfer

State regulators have approved a pipeline transfer that’s part of Delta Air Lines’ plan to buy a suburban Philadelphia oil refinery and produce its own jet fuel.  More »

Pa. refinery tax credit to get lawmakers’ scrutiny

Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed tax break of up to $1.7 billion to lure an integrated petrochemical industry to Pennsylvania will get scrutiny in the coming days by state lawmakers eager to ensure that taxpayers get a return on their money and question whether that amount of money is really necessary.  More »

ND’s railed oil capacity jumps 55 percent in June

North Dakota’ s capacity to export crude oil by rail has jumped about 55 percent in June.  More »

Gulf Coast refiners will stop light, sweet crude imports

Valero CEO Bill Klese said surging crude production will eliminate the need for light, sweet crude imports by the end of 2013.  More »

Celanese plans Texas methanol plant to tap cheap gas

Celanese Corp. (CE), the world’s largest maker of acetic acid, plans to produce methanol outside Houston to supply its plants with the material derived from low-cost natural gas.  More »