A striking United Steelworker Union member picketing outside the the Shell Deer Park Refinery Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, the fist day of the strike.
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Shell reveals what it says is the sticking point in labor talks

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The central issue blocking a settlement is not safety, fatigue, healthcare or wages, the statement said.
At the Motiva Port Arthur refinery on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.  (Mike Tobias/The Enterprise)

Steelworkers strike expands to Port Arthur and beyond

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The United Steelworkers union has expanded its strike to the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur.
Dave Washington, left, Bobbie Thompson, and Kevin Hyde, United Steel Workers Local 13-227 members, employed by LyondellBasell Industries Houston, hold a strike claiming unfair labor practices at the oil refinery plant Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

Steelworker strike: Talks ongoing as tensions mount on picket line

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The Houston Police Department was investigating whether an unidentified off-duty officer who works for another law enforcement agency threatened to shoot picketers early Friday morning, HPD public information officer Jodi Silva said.
A very large smokestack flare burns off flammable product after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A small ground fire was quickly extinguished and the facility's flare system was triggered for safety reasons. Two workers suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Chuck Bennett)

Exxon refinery unit in California down for maintenance before fire

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The Oil Price Information Service, which tracks the oil industry, said Thursday the unit was down for two days after problems with a recently repaired component within it.
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LyondellBasell: Strikers, come back to work

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The workers, who walked out of the refinery on Feb. 1 as part of a nationwide strike after national oil bargaining talks broke down, have left the refinery scrambling to operate with supervisors.
Dave Washington, left, Bobbie Thompson, and Kevin Hyde, United Steel Workers Local 13-227 members, employed by LyondellBasell Industries Houston, hold a strike claiming unfair labor practices at the oil refinery plant Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

Fitch: Refinery strikes could send gasoline up if they extend into driving season

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In a report released Wednesday, Fitch said the strikes haven’t moved markets for refined products like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel so far, largely because inventories haven’t declined much amid a mild winter and refinery maintenance season in January and February.
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Video: Blast hits Exxon Mobil refinery in Southern California

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Deuel says a small ground fire was quickly extinguished. He says the flare system was triggered for safety reasons.
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Tesoro OKs two projects at Anacortes plant

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Refiner Tesoro Corp. said Tuesday it will spend almost $400 million on two projects at its Anacortes, Washington, refinery.
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Phillips 66 sells pipelines to related partnership for $1 billion

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Phillips 66 Partners will buy two pipelines running from oil fields to refineries, and one carrying refined products from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest.
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United Steelworkers rally in downtown Houston after rejecting Shell contract offer

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The union representing 5,000 Houston-area workers, went on strike against nine facilities early Sunday morning after its negotiations with Shell broke down.