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  1. Oil and Gas: Firefighters knock down blaze at California oil refinery

      TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — An explosion and fire erupted Saturday at a California oil refinery , exactly two years after a blast that crippled the plant and led to higher gasoline prices, authorities said. No injuries were reported from the Torrance Refining Co. near Los Angeles, and there were no evacuations or damage to any buildings outside the refinery, Assistant Fire Chief Steve Treskes said. Three dozen firefighters using heavy streams of water battled flames that rose 40 feet in the air, and the fire was knocked down in about 30 minutes, Treskes said. "All safety systems at the refinery operated properly, and all personnel are safe and accounted for," Betsy Brien, a spokeswoman for the refinery owner, New Jersey-based PBF Energy Inc. , said in a statement. There was no immediate word on damage or the cause of the blast. However, most of the refinery continued to operate, Brien said. The blast came on the anniversary of a Feb. 18, 2015, explosion that slightly injured four contractors, destroyed a large part of the refinery, rocked the neighboring community 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles and sent a fine white ash raining down on nearby homes and cars. Later in the day, about 400 people gathered at the refinery in a previously planned protest to mark the anniversary and demand a ban on the use of a highly toxic and volatile chemical, modified hydrofluoric acid, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported ( http://bit.ly/2lwBWri ). The 2015 explosion involved a pollution-control device called a precipitator. Federal regulators later concluded that the explosion could have been prevented if managers had taken into account aging safety equipment and shut down a key, spark-generating part of the refinery before attempting repairs elsewhere. The blast tossed an 80,000-pound piece of equipment within feet of another unit where tens of thousands of pounds of modified hydrofluoric acid were stored in tanks. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board concluded that there was a potential to release a toxic cloud and cause "serious injury or death to many community members." California regulators also fined ExxonMobil — then-owner of the refinery — more than $500,000 for safety violations. Most of the refinery was shut down for more than a year, leading to a shortage of gas that meets California's stricter pollution regulations and higher prices at the pump. Two other incidents were reported in the fall of 2015. One involved a leak of modified hydrofluoric acid and the other a leak in a pressurized pipe that created a large steam cloud. No injuries were reported. The refinery sits on 750 acres and produces 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline a year, which accounts for about 8.3 percent of the state's total refining capacity.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  2. Gas Prices: New Jersey gas prices keeping flat after weeks of falling

    Motorists are seeing prices at the pumps in New Jersey hold steady.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  3. Oil and Gas: Nigeria: Up to $100 billion lost from oil militant attacks

    Nigeria lost between $50 billion and $100 billion in oil revenues to militant attacks on installations last year, the country's petroleum minister said Tuesday.

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    Thu, 16 Feb 2017

  4. ExxonMobil Singapore refinery to expand

    Refinery construction is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2017 with completion anticipated in 2019.

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    Fri, 17 Feb 2017

  1. Oil and Gas: Bills aim to beef up oil transportation safety

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    Tue, 7 Feb 2017

  2. API launches Power Past Impossible campaign during Super Bowl showing natural gas and oil benefit to consumers in everyday life

    The campaign's first ad appeared in a 30 second TV spot during the Super Bowl. The new campaign will feature various unexpected ways in which consumers benefit from products derived from natural gas and oil.

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    Tue, 7 Feb 2017

  3. Refinery: New Mexico congressman seeks White House help for refinery

    The Republican congressman from oil-rich southern New Mexico has approached President Donald Trump's administration with a proposal to construct a refinery in a state grappling with a budget crisis and the nation's second-highest unemployment rate.

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    Sat, 11 Feb 2017

  4. Oil and Gas: Pipeline protest similar North Dakota promised in Oklahoma

    Tribal representatives and environmentalists on Monday promised an encampment similar to the ongoing protest against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota to oppose the Diamond Pipeline planned from Oklahoma, across Arkansas, to Tennessee.

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    Wed, 1 Feb 2017

  5. Oil and Gas: France's Total outpaces rivals in recovering from oil slump

    French oil company Total appears to be outpacing key rivals in recovering from a years-long struggle with low crude prices, reporting Thursday a rise in earnings and investment plans.

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    Fri, 10 Feb 2017

  6. Velocity Midstream announces the construction of a second oil pipeline and additional crude oil terminals in the SCOOP

    Velocity Midstream Partners announced that Velocity Central Oklahoma Pipeline LLC, has obtained long-term customer commitments supporting the construction of a second oil pipeline through the fairway of the SCOOP.

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    Thu, 2 Feb 2017

  7. Velocity Midstream plans second oil pipeline, additional crude oil terminals in SCOOP

    Velocity Central Oklahoma Pipeline LLC has obtained long-term customer commitments supporting the construction of a second oil pipeline through the fairway of the SCOOP.

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  8. Oil and Gas: 'Megaload' settlement bans new big truck loads on Idaho road

    Environmental groups, the Nez Perce Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service said Friday that they have reached a settlement in a lawsuit over huge "megaload" shipments on a scenic northwestern Idaho highway by tractor trailers.

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

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