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  • Explosion at Enterprise Products refining facility in Mont Belvieu, TX

    02/08/2011 11:27:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 98 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | February 8, 2011 | KTRK
    LIVE video at link MONT BELVIEU (KTRK) -- An explosion has rocked a refining facility in Mont Belvieu today, sending flames high into the air The Mont Belvieu Police Department confirms an explosion about 11:45am at Enterprise Products on Sun Oil Road. According to its website, "Enterprise owns a state of the art gasoline additive production facility that has been modified to produce isooctane, a motor gasoline octane enhancement additive used in reformulated motor gasoline blends to increase octane, and isobutylene."
  • Court blocks EPA plan to take over Texas pollution permits

    01/04/2011 10:56:11 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies ^ | Jan. 4, 2011 | MATTHEW TRESAUGUE
    A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked the EPA’s plan to seize control of greenhouse gas permits from Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must wait until at least Friday so the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia can make a decision on Texas’ bid to prevent the federal takeover.
  • Oil refineries sue EPA over ethanol plan

    01/04/2011 8:03:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 131 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 4, 2011 | Ken Thomas (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A ruling by the Obama administration allowing the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol is running into legal hurdles from trade groups opposing the plan. The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday over the decision to allow the sale of gasoline containing higher blends of corn-based ethanol, the second major group to protest the ruling. The Obama administration said in October that gas stations could start selling the ethanol blend for vehicles built since the 2007 model year, increasing it from the current blend of 10 percent ethanol.
  • U.S. gasoline demand begins a long decline

    12/21/2010 8:49:25 AM PST · by thackney · 25 replies · 2+ views
    AP via Fuel Fix ^ | Associated Press
    The world’s biggest gas-guzzling nation has limits after all. After seven decades of mostly uninterrupted growth, U.S. gasoline demand is at the start of a long-term decline. By 2030, Americans will burn at least 20 percent less gasoline than today, experts say, even as millions of more cars clog the roads. The country’s thirst for gasoline is shrinking as cars and trucks become more fuel-efficient, the government mandates the use of more ethanol and people drive less. “A combination of demographic change and policy change means the heady days of gasoline growing in the U.S. are over,” says Daniel Yergin
  • US producing, exporting more slurry oil

    10/06/2010 7:02:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | Oct 4, 2010 | Vincent J. Guercio
    Based on a presentation to the Platts Bunker & Residual Fuel Oil Conference, New Orleans, June 23-24, 2010.Slurry oil is a heavy aromatic by-product of a refinery's fluid catalytic cracking unit that forms a small part of global fuel oil supply. Generally, it is mixed into heavy fuel oil as a viscosity cutter. Slurry oil's low API gravity, however, limits how much can be blended.The US has never been a heavy user of fuel oil and, in fact, produces more slurry oil than it can absorb. US Gulf Coast refiners and traders, in particular, must find outlets for excess slurry...
  • Pemex Refinery Hit By Explosion In Northern Mexico

    09/07/2010 10:52:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 27 replies
    Dow Jones via Fox News ^ | 9/7/10 | Laurence Iliff
    An explosion Tuesday morning shook a refinery in Mexico, near the U.S. border, local media reported. The Cadereyta refinery, located in the state of Nuevo Leon, is owned by Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. A Pemex press officer would only say that the company was gathering information and would issue a statement once it had more facts.
  • Jet fuel due from Japan

    08/23/2010 9:51:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of August 22, 2010 | Wesley Loy
    Cosmo Oil to supply Anchorage air cargo hub with up to 300,000 bbl monthly . . . . A Japanese oil refiner is seeking permission to bring jet fuel by tanker into the Port of Anchorage, a move that could help cure what has been a costly problem for the air cargo industry. Cosmo Oil of USA Inc., a Torrance, Calif., affiliate of Tokyo-based Cosmo Oil Co. Ltd., on July 10 applied to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation for an oil discharge prevention and contingency plan, or C-plan. Oil and fuel shippers are required to have a highly detailed...
  • Obama shuts down 33% of the country’s oil refining capacity

    07/02/2010 8:39:59 AM PDT · by opentalk · 59 replies · 1+ views
    Phoenix Conservative Examiner ^ | July 1, 2010 | Gil Guignat
    Whereas Obama is trying to crush Arizona by suing it into the ground to prevent it from defending itself from illegal immigration, and it is preventing any clean up efforts in Louisiana after 71 days, it has just been learned from one of our conatcts in Texas that Obama by way of the EPA has just shut down today 33% of the country’s refining capacity. While Obama was unsuccessful at putting a moratorium on oil drilling, he was able to accomplish the same thing by putting a stranglehold on oil refining which accomplishes the same thing. With 1/3rd of the...
  • Iraq invites oil firms to Jun 26 refining meeting

    06/24/2010 5:29:07 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/23/2010 | Rania El Gamal
    Iraq will host a gathering of international oil executives in Baghdad on Saturday to discuss contracts for the four planned refineries that would add about 750,000 barrels per day of capacity, Oil Ministry spokesman Assim Jihad said on Wednesday. "There are many international companies that expressed their interest to participate and to reach an agreement with the Oil Ministry," he said. The conference is the first step before inviting companies to tender for the refineries, he added. Iraq wants to build a refinery in Nassiriya, southern Iraq, with a capacity of 300,000 bpd, and a second one in the northern...
  • Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract for New Grassroots Refinery in Iraq

    06/02/2010 7:55:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies · 253+ views
    Foster Wheeler ^ | 6/2/10 | Foster Wheeler
    Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq: FWLT) announced today that its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a feasibility study and front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by the Iraqi Ministry of Oil for a new grassroots refinery at Nassiriya in southern Iraq. The proposed refinery will have a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day. The Foster Wheeler contract value for this project was not disclosed and will be included in the company's second-quarter 2010 bookings. In executing this contract, Foster Wheeler will develop the configuration of the new refinery to meet the client's processing objectives, evaluate proprietary technologies, prepare a...
  • Mystery fuel leak seeps into Burrard Inlet

    06/01/2010 2:50:15 AM PDT · by Palter · 3 replies · 361+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 31 May 2010 | TODD COYNE and JONATHAN FOWLIE
    Oil, gas from Chevron refinery in Burnaby has been flowing for weeks METRO VANCOUVER -- Chevron Corporation has been trying for weeks to locate the source of a "historic" leak from its Burnaby oil and gas refinery -- a leak that has been seeping still-unknown amounts of oil, gas and diesel fuel into the Burrard Inlet since at least April 21. Ray Lord, a spokesman for the multinational oil and gas company, said he has no idea how long the seepage from the nearly 70-year-old plant has been happening, but that Chevron first alerted the authorities about the leak on...
  • EPA bars Texas' authority to issue refinery operating permits (unelected rulers strike again)

    05/27/2010 10:44:59 AM PDT · by autumnraine · 28 replies · 619+ views
    The Environmental Protection Agency moved Tuesday to end a long-running dispute with Texas over how the state regulates emissions, including cancer-causing toxins such as benzene and butadiene, from dozens of refineries that produce a third of the nation's gasoline and billions of dollars of petrochemicals. In a step it called unprecedented, the agency barred Texas from issuing an operating permit to a refinery in Corpus Christi — a power it has traditionally delegated to state regulators. The EPA said it would do the same in dozens of other cases in which it believes the state's permits violate the Clean Air...
  • Feds taking over permits for Texas plants [EPA going after refineries]

    05/25/2010 10:27:17 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 66 replies · 1,808+ views ^ | May 25, 2010 | PEGGY FIKAC
    Objecting to how Texas regulates air pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it is taking over the issuance of an operating permit for a Corpus Christi refinery and could step in at some 39 other major facilities across the state. “I think the writing will be on the wall — unless we start seeing better permits that address our objections, we are very likely to begin federalizing others,” EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz said in a telephone interview. “The state is not following federal Clean Air Act requirements.” Tuesday's unprecedented action affected a Flint Hills Resources refinery in...
  • Perry: EPA Action On Permits a Federal Power Grab (Note to Gov: It's time to secede)

    05/26/2010 5:25:05 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 20 replies · 720+ views
    newsmax ^ | 5/25/10 | jay root
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry says an EPA decision to bar the state from issuing an operating permit to a southeast Texas refinery is part of an Obama administration effort to take power away from states. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday barred Texas from issuing an operating permit to the independently owned Flint Hills Corpus Christi East Refinery, saying the state's permit violates the Clean Air Act. Instead, the EPA plans to issue the refinery a more stringent permit that it says complies with the law. Perry's office said in a statement the Clean Air Act gives permitting authority...
  • BP Gets Pass From Obama Administration To Potentially Pollute Lake Michigan

    05/21/2010 9:35:23 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies · 317+ views ^ | 21/05/2010 | Wayne Madsen
    The Obama administration, already charged with providing political cover for BP in the Gulf of Mexico mega-oil disaster, is also charged with allowing BP to renege on agreements between the firm, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the state of Indiana to prevent pollution of Lake Michigan from the firm's Whiting, Indiana refinery near Hammond. In 2007, the EPA, under the Bush administration, said it was powerless to stop BP from dumping more toxic waste into Lake Michigan from its expanded refinery that was processing increased amounts of heavy crude oil from Canada. However, the EPA did urge BP...
  • 18-wheeler explodes at San Antonio refinery

    05/05/2010 10:57:54 AM PDT · by TXnMA · 181 replies · 6,527+ views
    WFAA ^ | 05 may 2010 | Not given...
    SAN ANTONIO -- An 18-wheeler being loaded with fuel at a San Antonio refinery has exploded. Television stations showed footage Wednesday of an enormous black plume spewing from the AGE Refining Inc. unit on the city's southeast side. Refinery marketing director Jeff Morrow says the truck exploded late Wednesday morning at the facility that refines gas and jet fuel, but he had no other details. San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood told KENS-TV that the fire had spread to the refining facility, and authorities were trying to assess whether neighbors should be evacuated.
  • San Antonio refinery on fire following explosion

    05/05/2010 10:30:55 AM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 111 replies · 5,148+ views
    An oil refinery just southeast of downtown San Antonio is on fire. The fire started at the AGE Refinery on South Presa, following an explosion. Large black plumes of smoke can be seen spilling into the skies above San Antonio. The plant is located near Mission San Juan on Military Dr. and Presa. AGE Refining, Inc., is based out of San Antonio. They refine several specialized petroleum products, including jet fuel and diesel. The company was founded in 1991. There is at least one burn victim, according to initial reports. Our sister station, KENS 5, has a crew on the...
  • Firefighters battle flames at oil refinery in Memphis, 1 critically injured

    04/30/2010 5:02:03 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 29 replies · 623+ views ^ | 04/30/2010 |
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A fire erupted at a downtown Memphis oil refinery, burning one person and sending a thick plume of smoke over the city. Wayne Cook, a spokesman for the Memphis Fire Department, said a 29-year-old male was taken in critical condition Thursday to the Regional Medical Center with burns over 45 percent of his body. Cook said the fire was fueled by a gasoline or diesel fuel originating from a pipeline at the refinery. The fire was reported under control by Thursday afternoon. Cook said two other people were treated at the scene and released. News helicopter footage...
  • Court rules Richmond refinery plan is inadequate

    04/26/2010 8:57:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 417+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/26/10 | Katherine Tam
    The environmental analysis of Chevron's plan to retrofit its Richmond refinery, including the core question on whether pollution would increase, is inadequate under state law. The state Court of Appeal issued a highly anticipated 35-page ruling Monday afternoon that essentially keeps the refinery project at a standstill until holes in the environmental report are fixed. Chevron is disappointed in the ruling, said refinery representative Brent Tippen. "We feel both the evidence and the law amply supports the adequacy of the environmental impact report," Tippen said. "We are now reviewing the court's decision and will determine what is next to be...
  • Tesoro burn victim Matt Gumbel dies

    04/24/2010 5:18:55 PM PDT · by luckymom · 7 replies · 536+ views
    Whidbey News Times ^ | 4/24/10 | Jenny Manning
    Matt Gumbel, 34, of Oak Harbor passed away at 2:45 a.m. Saturday from complications related to burns on two-thirds of his body. Gumbel was severely injured in an April 2 fire at the Anacortes Tersoro Refinery...