Tag: refineries

California to see surge in oil brought in by rail

Government regulators predict a surge in U.S. oil production will means a steep increase in the number of trains carrying it to California refineries.  More »

Hedge funds buy crude as US gasoline pump prices jump

U.S. refineries are processing the most oil since January as plants come out of seasonal maintenance, squeezing crude stockpiles for the first time in 11 weeks.  More »

Latino group joins Keystone XL fight

A Latino political organizing group has joined environmentalists’ crusade against Keystone XL, saying Hispanics who live near Gulf Coast refineries have much to lose from the pipeline.  More »

Houston Ship Channel reopens after oil spill

The prospect that at least some vessels soon may resume travel through the Houston Ship Channel eased worries that an oil spill Saturday will threaten productivity from area refineries.  More »

Exxon Mobil: Ship channel shutdown hitting refinery output (photos)

The Houston Ship Channel remains closed indefinitely after nearly 170,000 gallons of heavy oil spilled into the Galveston Bay on Saturday afternoon.  More »

Labor union comes out against oil exports

The United Steelworkers on Monday declared its opposition to exporting American crude, siding with refiners who say it would hike oil prices and pare their margins.  More »

Rail projects boosting oil flow to California refineries

California, the third-biggest refining state in the U.S., is about to see a flood of oil by rail from places such as Canada and North Dakota as suppliers seek to tap a market isolated from the rest of the country.  More »

Keystone foes shift focus to health

Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday sought to shift the heated debate over Keystone XL from climate change to the public health effects of processing the oil sands it would transport from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.  More »

Economist: US underestimating role of Middle East after shale

The International Energy Agency’s chief economist says the West is making too much of predictions that the United States will surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil.  More »

Oil industry seeks break on gasoline sulfur limits

Oil industry lobbyists are making a last-ditch appeal to the Obama administration to soften looming new limits for sulfur in gasoline, warning that without changes, the mandates could send fuel costs up and force some refineries offline.  More »

Vulnerable train tank cars will keep carrying crude

The nation’s thirst for oil is likely to keep weak and outdated railcars moving flammable crude through American cities for years, even if regulators require upgrades to the cars at a cost that could exceed $1 billion.  More »

Senator presses EPA to scrutinize refinery emissions

At least one senator wants the EPA to expand its focus on greenhouse emissions to include gases from refineries in addition to power plants.  More »
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