(Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Bones at proposed Shell plant in Pennsylvania likely from old graves

Howard Pollman, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, tells the Beaver County Times that two skulls and other remains were found by workers Aug. 6.
(AP Photo/The Times, Kyle Telechan)

Refiners running full throttle could lead to a heavier fall maintenance season

As plants operate at record-high capacities to soak up cheap crude and satisfy a growing demand for gasoline, a spate of refinery shutdowns have cropped up across the United States, including a recent shutdown of the BP Whiting plant, the largest refinery in the Midwest.
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)

California refinery may restart next month following February blast

An application was filed Wednesday to set a Sept. 2 hearing for Exxon Mobil to restart an old piece of equipment, called an electrostatic precipitator, or ESP, while the damaged equipment that exploded is still being repaired, said Mohsen Nazemi, deputy executive officer of engineering and compliance for the South Coast Air Quality Management District regulating body in California.
(AP Photo/The Times, Kyle Telechan)

Breakdown at Indiana refinery sends Midwest gas prices soaring

The refinery can process as much as 270,000 barrels a day of heavy crude sent by pipeline from Alberta, with additional supply shipped up from Cushing, Oklahoma, the U.S. storage hub.
CVR Energy was named to the Chronicle 100 list of leading companies. CVR s Coffeyville operations, both the refinery and the fertilizer plant.  (Houston Chronicle)

CVR Partners makes $533 million buy to grow as fertilizer giant

The deal will exclude Los Angeles-based Rentech’s plant in Pasadena, Texas, which is touted as the largest producer of synthetic granulated ammonium sulfate fertilizer in North America.
(AP file photo/Marco Garci)

Tesoro settles pollution suit from California regulators for $4 million

Texas-based oil manufacturer Tesoro Corp. has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the company spewed smog- and ozone-producing pollutants at its refinery in Martinez.
Exxon Mobil's Beaumont refinery (Jake Daniels/The Enterprise)

Exxon to boost Beaumont refinery output by 20,000 barrels

Exxon Mobil said the addition of another 20,000 barrels per day of capacity would be geared toward processing the types of lighter crude oils that are flowing from Texas’ and North Dakota’s shale wells.
(AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

DCP Midstream restructuring continues, Phillips 66 executives say

Phillips 66 equity investment in the Denver-based master limited partnership posted an adjusted loss of $25 million in the second quarter compared to $12 million loss in the first quarter.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

As it doubles profits, Valero eyes more ways to grow

Valero more than doubled its profits in the second quarter as it ran its refineries at full throttle to soak up cheap oil and crank out higher priced gasoline and other refined products.
The Elba liquefied natural gas import terminal near Savannah, Ga.

Kinder Morgan to take over Shell’s interest in Elba LNG project

The deal will hand Kinder Morgan full ownership of the Elba Liquefaction Co., a joint venture building an about $2.1 billion natural gas liquefaction facility at Elba Island, Georgia.