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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
Eleven major oil refineries and industrial plants in the Los Angeles area will be forced to slash sulfur pollution by more than 2,000 tons a year under sweeping new regulations, but the move may not be enough to meet federal health standards for the region unless the state maintains strict curbs on truck pollution. The new rule, adopted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, takes aim at airborne sulfur that, along with other pollutants, forms soot. It effectively halves the amount of sulfur oxides that can be emitted in the district, which covers Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
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NATIONAL
April 3, 2010 | By Kim Murphy
Four workers were killed and three others critically burned Friday when an explosion tore through a Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., the latest in a series of troubling refinery accidents that have touched off a nationwide inquiry. "We're very concerned," said Daniel Horowitz, spokesman for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which is dispatching an investigative team to the scene of the accident 70 miles north of Seattle. "Our agency investigates only the most serious oil and chemical accidents across the country.
NATIONAL
February 1, 2009 | Reuters
The United Steelworkers union said Saturday that it would extend by 24 hours talks for a new labor contract for U.S. refinery workers, delaying a possible strike that could affect over half of U.S. refining capacity. "Sufficient progress has been made in our deliberations today to warrant a rolling 24-hour extension at all locations," USW spokeswoman Lynne Baker said in a statement. "Discussions are continuing." A spokesman for lead refiner negotiator Shell Oil Co.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2009 | Marla Dickerson
About 24,000 unionized refinery and pipeline workers across the United States are prepared to walk off the job at midnight Saturday if negotiations with major oil companies don't result in a new contract. A strike by members of the United Steelworkers union would affect more than half of the nation's refining capacity. Strike jitters helped drive wholesale gasoline prices up by more than 4 cents a gallon Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Petroleos Mexicanos, the state-owned Mexican oil company, may begin construction of a $7-billion refinery by the end of 2010 to reduce imports of gasoline and diesel fuel. A study has been commissioned to determine the site of the new plant, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mexico City-based Pemex will also begin construction on post-treatment plants for ultra-low-sulfur gasoline in 2009 and diesel by 2010.
BUSINESS
February 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Tesoro Corp., the largest refiner in the western U.S., is considering expanding a 100,000-barrel-a-day plant in the Los Angeles area, the company's chief economist said. The project could result in an increase of as much as 15% to 20% in the Wilmington plant's capacity, he said.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2008 | From Reuters
Petroplus Holdings, Europe's largest refiner, said Wednesday that it had entered into a $2-billion deal with private equity firms Blackstone Group and First Reserve to buy crude oil refineries in the United States. Each partner has committed $667 million to form an investment company to be led by Petroplus Chairman Thomas D. O'Malley. Petroplus is interested in acquiring Valero Energy Corp.'
WORLD
January 16, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
An oil refinery near Iraq's southern port city of Basra probably will remain shut for days after a large fire Tuesday that highlighted the vulnerability of the country's energy infrastructure to criminal and political power struggles. Five men suffered severe burns, and the sky was clotted with thick smoke until the two-hour fire was extinguished. The refinery provides petroleum products to consumers in southern Iraq. "There was severe damage to the refinery," said Basra Gov.
WORLD
December 11, 2007 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
Seven inmates were killed Monday when mortar shells slammed into an Interior Ministry jail here, Iraqi security officials said. A few miles south, fire broke out at one of Iraq's main oil refineries, a possible case of sabotage. There were conflicting reports about the cause of the blaze, but police said a Katyusha rocket hit a gas tanker. More than 450 attacks have been carried out against Iraq's oil installations or industry employees since the U.S.
SCIENCE
October 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More girls than boys are born in some Canadian communities because airborne pollutants, called dioxins, can alter normal sex ratios, even if the source of the pollution is many miles away, according to a study published this month in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Normally, 51% of births are boys and 49% are girls.
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