Refining

Downstream news: fuels, refining and chemicals
The former Exxon Mobil-owned Bayway Refinery in Linden, N.J. ConocoPhillips now operates the plant. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Exxon Mobil settles New Jersey environmental case for a fraction of expected damages

The New Jersey State Department of Environemntal Protection filed the lawsuit in 2004, and a state superior judge had been close to a decision this year before Gov. Chris Christie’s office told the court on Feb. 20 it had settled with Exxon.  More »
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)

Some contractors (unionized) not so bad, Steelworkers say

The leaders of the United Steelworkers union and the North America’s Building Trades Unions issued a joint statement Wednesday to clarify the scope of contractor responsibilities at the nation’s refineries and chemical plants.  More »
An aerial view of the Cameron LNG terminal in Hackberry, La. Sempra Energy is the majority owner of Cameron LNG. (Photo: Cameron LNG)

Cameron LNG applies for approval of project expansion

The project is among several proposals to tap into ample supplies of gas from shale rock in the U.S. and an extensive pipeline network to meet demand from Japan, South Korea and other LNG importers.  More »
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)

Union is striking for safety, Steelworkers’ international head says

Improving health and safety at the nation’s refineries is the reason the United Steelworkers union is on strike, said Leo W. Gerard, international president of the union that has walked out of 15 refineries and chemical plants since launching its strike Feb. 1.  More »
(AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press,File)

Canada: Oil train accident shows new safety rules inadequate

The Transportation Safety Board said Monday the Class 111 tank cars involved in the Feb. 14 CN train derailment met the upgraded standards for new tank cars carrying crude and other flammable liquids.  More »
In an effort to show support for ongoing labor negotiations, about 150 employees of Lyondellbasell Refinery in Houston fanned out in front of the plant late Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle)

Steelworkers picket outside two Louisiana refineries

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that strikers marched Sunday outside the Motiva plants in Norco and Convent.  More »
USW Strike Sign

No new talks set between Shell, Steelworkers

In a negotiations update Sunday, Steelworkers officials countered that oil industry negotiators refuse to address “well-documented and widespread safety deficiencies,” and “reject our efforts to reduce excessive overtime.”  More »
A striking United Steelworker Union member picketing outside the the Shell Deer Park Refinery Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, the fist day of the strike.
( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Shell reveals what it says is the sticking point in labor talks

The central issue blocking a settlement is not safety, fatigue, healthcare or wages, the statement said.  More »
The glow of the Motiva Port Arthur refinery lights illuminates the view across Savannah Avenue as members of the United Steelworkers and Local 13-423 strike just after midnight on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.  (Mike Tobias/The Enterprise) Photo: Mike Tobias/The Enterprise

Steelworkers strike expands to Port Arthur and beyond

The United Steelworkers union has expanded its strike to the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur.  More »
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

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.  More »
(Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle)

Strike update: BP training additional replacement workers

The union went on strike against two BP refineries, one in Ohio and another in Indiana, on Feb. 8., a week after the union launched initial walkouts at nine facilities.  More »
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Video: Blast hits Exxon Mobil refinery in Southern California

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

Refiner Tesoro Corp. said Tuesday it will spend almost $400 million on two projects at its Anacortes, Washington, refinery.  More »
(AP file photo/Hasan Jamali)

Saudi-Dow Chemical moving forward on $20 billion plant

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude exporter, started the petrochemical project in 2011 when oil averaged $111 a barrel.  More »
In an effort to show support for ongoing labor negotiations, about 150 employees of Lyondellbasell Refinery in Houston fanned out in front of the plant late Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle)

Labor talks to resume Tuesday

The work stoppage at two BP facilities in the Midwest brought the number of plants on strike to 11, after union members walked out of nine facilities, including five in the Houston area, a week earlier.  More »
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