A Phillips 66 refinery. (Phillips 66)

Barriers bottle up refinery plans

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New refineries could help ease the backup created by increasing U.S. crude production, but significant economic and political barriers discourage the industry from building the facilities.
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Speaking at a symposium hosted by the SMU Maguire Energy Institute are (from left) Bruce Bullock, director of the Institute; Gary Evans, CEO of GreenHunter Water; and Bernard Weinstein, associate director of the Institute. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

New refineries would ease crude storage problem, expert says

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While many are calling for more pipelines to move the crude glut at the Cushing, Okla. storage hub, the long-term solution will be to build new refineries, according to experts at the SMU Maguire Energy Institute.
Speaking at a symposium hosted by the SMU Maguire Energy Institute are (from left) Bruce Bullock, director of the Institute; Gary Evans, CEO of GreenHunter Water; and Bernard Weinstein, associate director of the Institute. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

New refineries would ease crude storage problem, expert says

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While many are calling for more pipelines to move the crude glut at the Cushing, Okla. storage hub, the long-term solution will be to build new refineries, according to experts at the SMU Maguire Energy Institute.
Sapphire Energy's algae farm in Columbus, N.M.(Sapphire Energy)

Tesoro to buy ‘green’ crude oil

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San Antonio-based refiner Tesoro Corp. has agreed to purchase algae-derived “green” crude oil that will be made into diesel fuel at its West Coast refineries.
A Phillips 66 refinery. (Phillips 66)

Phillips 66 signs deals to use more U.S. shale crude

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Kicking its strategy of using cheaper crude oil from U.S. shale plays into high gear, Phillips 66 has signed deals with three midstream companies to bring as much as 130,000 barrels a day of North American crude oil to its refineries.
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Drivers risk $13B gas-price hike as ethanol charge grows

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Refiners are pushing the EPA to reduce the amount of ethanol they’re required to add to gasoline to avoid what they say will be a sharp spike in prices at the pump just as the summer driving season begins.
The Valero Refining Company, in Corpus Christi. (AP Photo/Paul Iverson)

Refiners hear the good and the bad on fossil fuels

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Top refining and petrochemical officials heard reassuring words on Monday from Bob Lutz, retired former vice chairman of General Motors Corp., who said fossil fuels will be around a long time, despite the current push for clean energy.
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Pipefitter Scott Zarembski, originally from Detroit, has prospered by working in the oil industry in the Canadian city of Edmonton. Canadian employers and officials have been recruiting U.S. workers to fill a skilled labor shortage. Jason Franson / Los Angeles Times/MCT

Oil industry labor shortage affecting safety, report says

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Nearly one third of those surveyed cited the skills shortage as the biggest threat to the sector, while a lack of skilled trainers was identified as a major training issue by more than 20 percent of participants.
Smoke and flames billow from a crude oil unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/ContraCosta Times, D. Ross Cameron )

Tactics divide agencies in Chevron probe

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A grand jury probe targeting Chevron in last year’s Richmond refinery fire has created a rift between the federal agency investigating the incident and environmental regulators seeking possible criminal charges against the oil giant
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Valero considering more heavy Canadian crude for refining

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On Thursday, Valero President Joe Gorder said the company is considering shipping by rail 30,000 barrels a day of heavy sour Canadian crude to its 135,000-barrel-a-day Wilmington plant.
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