Refining

Downstream news: fuels, refining and chemicals
(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) Sales of premium and mid-grade gasoline have yet to resume at all 500 Greater Houston stations.

Chevron investigates bad gasoline in Houston pumps

Chevron continues to investigate how a bad batch of gasoline ended up in Houston-area pumps, sparking consumer complaints and forcing the company to suspend sales of premium and mid-grade gasoline at 500 local stations for several days.  More »
Sweeny is the largest refinery by capacity in the portfolio of Phillips 66, Houston’s biggest Fortune 500 company. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

Phillips 66 increases capital budget, approves more buybacks

Refining and midstream giant Phillips 66 announced that it would increase its 2014 capital budget by $1.2 billion this year in order to fund its liquefied petroleum gas project as well as a recent acquisition.  More »
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Trains keep rolling from Permian Basin

Trains will roll all month out of the Permian Basin, the largest onshore U.S. oil field, as production outpaces pipeline capacity and a refinery outage saps demand.  More »
Richard Belote, director of software development for FuelFX, demonstrates a virtual reality simulation at the company headquarters in Bellaire, TX. (Michael Starghill, Jr.)

How virtual reality can help the oil industry’s worker shortage (video)

From a non-descript office in the Galleria area, it’s possible to walk around a refinery, an oil rig and even an offshore platform — thanks to high-tech tools taking advantage of virtual reality.  More »
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Diesel demand projected to soar on economic growth

Economic growth in the United States will cause demand for diesel to rise over coming decades, even as gasoline use continues a steady decline, according to a federal analysis released this week.  More »
An abandoned watchtower and lines of barbed wire are seen surrounding Iraq's largest oil refinery as smoke rises from a petroleum gas flare, in the city of Beiji, north of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

Iraq militants launch fresh raid on oil refinery

Sunni militants launched a dawn raid Wednesday on a key Iraqi oil refinery they have been trying to take for days but were repelled by security forces, a commander on the scene said.  More »
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EPA claims victory in Supreme Court decision on pollution rules

The Supreme Court upholds the EPA’s efforts to limit greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and factories — a key affirmation of the Obama administration’s climate agenda.  More »
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California city pursues gas-pump warning labels

The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley is moving forward with plans to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps in what could be the first such requirement of its kind in the nation.  More »
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Oil companies sued for MTBE pollution in Pennsylvania

The companies’ conduct was “wanton, malicious, oppressive and fraudulent,” the lawsuit said, and they “fraudulently, deceptively and unfairly” marketed MTBE as safe for the environment.  More »
In this Tuesday, June 17, 2014 image taken from video uploaded to a militant social media account, al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants arrive to the country's largest oil refinery in Beiji, some 155 miles north of the capital, Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi security forces battled insurgents targeting the country's main oil refinery and said they regained partial control of a city near the Syrian border Wednesday, trying to blunt a weeklong offensive by Sunni militants who diplomats fear may have also seized some 100 foreign workers. (AP Photo via militant video)

Militants fly their black flags over Iraq refinery

Sunni militants hung their black banners on watchtowers at Iraq’s largest oil refinery, a witness said Thursday, suggesting insurgents have ever-increasing stranglehold on the vital facility.  More »
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Report: Chemical Safety Board in disarray, fostering abusive work environment

A probe has found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is in turmoil and failing to fulfill its investigative duties for serious accidents at refineries and chemical plants, according to Reuters.  More »
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Turmoil in Iraq is pushing up US gasoline prices

Violence in Iraq is pushing U.S. gasoline prices higher, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth.  More »
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