Refining

Demonstrations Over Construction Of Gas Pipeline

The dramatic shift in US energy supply-demand dynamics over the past several years is impacting markets and physical commodity flows in what seems like unlimited ways, with misaligned infrastructure one of the most pronounced. LNG import terminals retooled for liquefaction; millions of barrels of oil transported via rail; refineries configured to process heavy, sour imported… Keep reading →

Mitch McConnell Argues Against Proposed EPA Carbon Standards For Power Plants

Fifteen governors penned a letter sent to the White House yesterday claiming the EPA’s proposed rule to regulate emissions from existing power plants is illegal. Several of these governors also climate change deniers. “Five of the states represented by those governors — Alabama, Indiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming — are also part of a lawsuit filed… Keep reading →

Oil Price Rise Sees Increase in Suez Canal Traffic

The Brookings Institute in Washington DC has come out in favor of lifting the U.S. ban on crude oil exports. Brookings hosted an event on Sept. 9 to unveil their new report titled “Changing Markets: Economic Opportunities from Lifting the U.S. Ban on Crude Oil Exports” written by Charles Ebinger and Heather Greenley and based… Keep reading →

U.S. Trade Deficit Reaches All-Time High

A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan reportedly just rounded the Florida pan handle and is scheduled to land in Galveston, Texas. The buyer is unclear and Iraq’s official crude oil marketer SOMO is threatening to sue anyone purchasing the cargoes, which the government in Baghdad views as violating the… Keep reading →

General view of an oil refinery

A new documentary called Pump seeking to promote alternative fuels in the US takes aim at the existing downstream oil products complex and suggests change is afoot. The movie is due out in September and today Submarine Deluxe, in association with Fuel Freedom Foundation and iDeal Film Partners released the trailer that can be viewed… Keep reading →

Rushing to Regulate

Leaks Found At Illinois Nuclear Plants

Eye-catching headline this week in The Hill: “EPA races to finish Obama rules.” First reaction: Haste makes waste – and when talking about regulation that could affect America’s dynamic, game-changing energy revolution, the goal should be sound policy, not speed. The Hill: Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are racing to churn out new regulations… Keep reading →

High Gas Prices Prompt Bush's Decision To Lift Ban On Offshore Oil Drilling

EPA’s proposed update for petroleum refinery emission standards includes benzene concentration monitoring for the first time. On May 15, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule updating toxic air pollution standards for petroleum refineries located near neighborhoods.  It is the first EPA proposal requiring monitoring of air concentrations for benzene around fence… Keep reading →

Rising Rivers And Tributaries Continue To Flood Southern Communities And Farm Land

Another benefit of America’s energy renaissance is seen in the competitive edge North American refiners are gaining because of lower feedstock costs, resulting from surging domestic crude oil and natural gas production. The latest “This Week in Petroleum” report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says that U.S. and Canadian refiners are in a stronger position relative… 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 →

Distributor Offloads Oil From Barge

The US energy production renaissance is having a profound impact on the country’s supply/demand fundamentals, rewriting the script with regard to crude oil imports and petroleum product exports. The EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook details numerous ways in which the US energy profile is evolving. “U.S. crude oil production averaged an estimated 8.3 million barrels… Keep reading →

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