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Crude prices rising after inventories show a slower gain

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Futures traders bid up the price of U.S. crude after a government report showed a smaller-than-expected gain in inventories.
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Texas leads nation in exports, thanks to petrochemicals and gasoline

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About a fifth of Texas’ $289 billion in exported goods last year were petroleum and coal products — about $59.1 billion worth — according to a new government report.
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Oil markets, strong production lead US gas prices lower

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Los Angeles had the most expensive gas among cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states at $3.29. Charleston, South Carolina, had the cheapest at $2.11.
At the Motiva Port Arthur refinery on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.  (Mike Tobias/The Enterprise)

Striking Motiva workers approve contract

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Employees could go back to work as soon as Monday, said Garrett Ozment, a union representative and machinist at the refinery, which is the nation’s largest.
Striking United Steelworker Union members picketing outside the the Shell Deer Park Refinery Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Deer Park.

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Workers in refinery strike still off the job

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Local issues must be worked out and a contract ratified at each facility before employees return to work.
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Out of Keystone debate’s glare, pipelines going in nationwide

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While the Keystone project awaits a final decision, lesser-known developments have quietly added more than 11,600 miles of pipeline to the nation’s domestic oil network.
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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Union, Shell in longest stretch of contract talks yet

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The dispute started with nine facilities but has since expanded to 15 refineries and chemical plants nationwide.
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: Prolonged refinery strike could affect gasoline supplies

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Though the ongoing United Steelworkers strike hasn’t had much impact on the market for refined products yet, it could if the strike continues for much longer, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings.
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Steelworkers rally at Shell HQ as talks set to resume Wednesday

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The marchers started at City Hall and went on to various buildings of oil companies they are battling with over labor contracts.
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Crude exports in spotlight as House leaders urge slow approach

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House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders took pains to stress they will move carefully as they consider whether to loosen the nation’s 40-year-old ban on crude exports.