Refineries

Tankers Leave Oil Refineries As Strike Action Looms

For months we’ve been pointing out the brokenness of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the federal law requiring ever-increasing use of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. We’ve written about the impending “blend wall,” the point where the RFS would require blending more ethanol into gasoline than could be safely used as E10, potentially putting motorists at risk… Keep reading →

Tankers Leave Oil Refineries As Strike Action Looms

By Sri Jegarajah U.S. crude futures may draw some support this week from signs of improving gasoline demand and a pick-up in U.S. refinery activity, CNBC’s latest survey of market professionals showed — although a record supply overhang may restrain any move higher. Gasoline prices have now increased for 12 weeks in a row, gaining nearly… Keep reading →

New York Culinary Experience 2014 Presented By New York Magazine And The International Culinary Center - Day 2

The changing global oil refining picture has seen several mid-range to large companies spin off their downstream operations in recent years, but the trend has yet to travel up the food chain to the world’s largest oil companies, despite pressure from investors to do so. Examples of companies that divested downstream assets include Hess and… Keep reading →

Air Pollution Reaches High Levels Across London

Last month EPA implemented new gasoline regulations requiring the last microscopic bits of sulfur to be removed from fuel. The Tier 3 standard is likely to hit consumers and burden the economy while providing, at best, negligible benefit. Writing for the Jefferson Policy Journal, Paul Driessen makes a number of important points about the potentially onerous effects of… Keep reading →

Louisiana Oil Industry Recovers From Katrina Devastation

United States law prohibits exports of crude oil and condensate except under certain conditions, while exports of refined products and natural gas are far less restricted. While these laws had little impact when the country was in a position of oil and gas scarcity, the country’s newfound energy abundance has rendered some of them obsolete,… Keep reading →

Crude Oil Carrier Hijacked By Somali Pirates

The possibility of a rapprochement in nuclear talks between the US and Iran – though they did not produce a deal – had fueled a degree of oil market optimism about Iran’s reinstatement as a global oil supplier. But even if negotiations had proved successful, political and logistical hurdles would likely have stalled any significant return… Keep reading →

Australian Petrol Prices On The Rise

By Jackie DeAngelis It’s getting cheaper for Americans to fill their tanks and heat their homes, but analysts warn that consumers are unlikely to show signs of an economic windfall. The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline now runs $3.31, down 13 cents in a month and lower by 28 cents from the… Keep reading →

Activists Against The Keystone Pipeline Project Demonstrate At The State Department

The ongoing controversy over the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline linking Alberta’s oil sands to US markets covers a vast amount of factual territory, from refinery configuration to logistics to international crude oil trading to carbon dioxide emissions. But at times, all of these issues take a back seat to the emotional, or symbolic, component of… Keep reading →

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

When it comes to the question of whether pipeline or rail is safer for moving crude, the answer depends somewhat on the source, but pipelines are broadly understood to come out ahead, not only on safety, but also on cost and efficiency. However, newfound oil abundance in areas not traditionally associated with oil and gas… Keep reading →

Delta Air Lines Buys Philadelphia Area Oil Refinery From ConocoPhillips

By Patti Domm U.S. refineries are expanding their diesel-production capacity, not so much for truckers in the U.S., but for drivers in places like Mexico City and Santiago, Chile. Already running at their highest levels in six years, U.S. refineries are finding strong demand for diesel fuel, used widely in cars outside of the United… Keep reading →

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