Category: Refining

USW, Tesoro still discussing pact in N.D.

United Steelworkers members at Tesoro Corp.’s refinery in Mandan, N.D., voted Wednesday to authorize a strike over Tesoro’s cuts to benefits, a union leader said.  More »

Marathon to pay emissions penalty, upgrade refinery equipment

Marathon Petroleum Company plans to add new air state-of-the-art pollution controls to several of its refineries, allowing it to simultaneously pioneer new combustion control equipment and resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.  More »

Tax ruling surprises Chevron, Contra Costa County

Chevron Corp. faces a higher property tax bill for its Richmond oil refinery after an appeals panel on Monday decided that the plant is worth more than either the company or Contra Costa County claimed.  More »

Obama officials rip into GOP gasoline bills

Obama administration officials ripped into GOP proposals to tie Strategic Petroleum Reserve releases to increases in federal oil and gas land leases and require additional analyses of the economic impacts of several oil- and gasoline-related environmental regulations.  More »

EPA low-sulfur rule could hike cost of making fuel, industry says

Looming Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut sulfur content of gasoline by two-thirds could add 6 to 9 cents per gallon to the cost of manufacturing fuel in most markets, the American Petroleum Institute said.  More »

Financial woes fuel busy year for refining deals

The value of mergers, acquisitions and other deals involving refining assets surged 50 percent to $6 billion in 2011, fueled by industry’s financial troubles, according to an IHS Herold report.  More »

Report: Phillips 66 to build new headquarters inside Beltway 8

The independent refiner set to spin off from ConocoPhillips this year will build a new office within the Sam Houston Parkway, according to a local real estate blog.  More »

Valero to shutter Aruba refinery

Valero Energy Corp. is closing its refinery in Aruba and may turn it into a terminal and storage operation.  More »

Shell selects Pennsylvania for new refinery

Shell has chosen a site near Pittsburgh for a major new refinery that would convert natural gas liquids into chemicals used in many products, but actual construction is years away.  More »

Tesoro CEO optimistic about union negotiations

Tesoro Corp. CEO Greg Goff said Tuesday he’s “comfortable” believing his company can reach an agreement with the United Steelworkers on contract negotiations that affect five of Tesoro’s seven refineries.  More »

Industry group challenges cellulosic biofuel quota

The American Petroleum Institute filed a legal challenge to a U.S. cellulosic biofuel mandate on Monday, alleging a “complete commercial supply” doesn’t exist for fuel makers to meet the program’s minimum quota for 2012.  More »

Northeast oil refineries strapped by regulation, group says

U.S. Northeast refineries are in an “economic and regulatory vice,” according to the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.  More »