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

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

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

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.
Categories: Canada, Refining
The Valero Three Rivers Refinery in Three Rivers, Texas between San Antonio and Corpus Christi refines a lot of oil from the Eagle Ford Shale. (San Antonio Express News/John Davenport)

Valero refinery revived on Eagle Ford crude

Valero Energy Corp.’s refinery in Three Rivers was headed for mothballs a few years ago. Now that it sits in the middle of the Eagle Ford Shale, it’s called a “crown jewel.”
Categories: Eagle Ford, Refining
The Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

Motiva Port Arthur Refinery running at full capacity

The expanded Motiva Port Arthur Refinery has reached its full operating capacity of 600,000 barrels of crude processing nearly eight months after a new unit suffered internal damage, causing a major disruption in the $10 billion expansion project.
In 2007, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, nationalized oil assets in the Orrinco heavy crude belt. ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips quit the country and filed arbitration claims. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Chavez death unlikely to affect U.S. refiners in short-term

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ death isn’t expected to have a short-term impact on Gulf Coast refiners, but if there is a policy shift under his successor increased production could be a welcome benefit, analysts say.

Tesoro’s CEO touts clarity of purpose

Going to work as an elementary-school kid can be a good thing, teaching lessons a child can take into the workplace — a big-time workplace.
Categories: Crude oil, Refining

Hess agrees to replace some directors amid investor pressure

Investors led by Elliott Associates have accused chief executive John Hess of stacking the board with cronies, some of whom had served as directors for almost three decades.
Hess's Port Reading refinery and terminal in New Jersey, which the company plans to close by the end of February 2013. (Hess)

Hess to shed businesses after shareholder Elliott’s demands

Hess Corp., the New York oil company targeted by Paul Singer’s Elliott Management Corp., plans to name six new board members, exit the energy trading and marketing businesses and sell its gasoline stations as it transforms to an exploration and production company.
Categories: Refining
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Petrobras in talks with Sinopec to develop Brazil refineries

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), the world’s most indebted publicly traded oil company, is in talks with China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (600028) to build a refinery in Brazil to meet growing domestic demand, Brazil’s energy minister said.
Categories: Deals, Refining