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

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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.
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U.S. pump prices slip to three-month low

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Pump prices declined to the lowest level since an April 24 survey due to lower crude oil prices in combination with high output from refineries.
An oil tanker, right, cruises past a new liquefied natural gas tanker at the Cheniere terminal in Cameron Parish, La. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Congressional Democrats question oil exports

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A House hearing Thursday illustrated the steep obstacles for oil producers and their congressional supporters seeking to upend a longstanding ban on exporting crude.
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Petrochemical growth may keep Houston out of oil-related recession

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West Houston, with white-collar oil and gas jobs in the Energy Corridor, and the Galleria area will suffer more, while the more blue-collar East Houston workforce would be better off in the short term, the report contends.
(Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Steelworkers, Marathon Petroleum reach tentative deal for Texas City refinery

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The pact, if approved by the union members, would mark the end of a nationwide walkout that at its height affected 15 refineries, chemical plants and other locations.
(Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Exxon to get federal money for WWII-related cleanup

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Exxon Mobil Corp. will get help from the U.S. government in paying for clean up costs at two refineries that produced billions of gallons of aviation fuel for allied forces during World War II and the Korean War.
(Shane Bevel/Bloomberg News)

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.
(Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

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.