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January 30, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
American motorists may well be wondering when, if ever, they will again see a sustained and significant drop in retail gasoline prices. Not in the forseeable future, it seems. In California, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline has risen another 3.3 cents in the last week, to $3.747, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. That's 39.1 cents a gallon higher than the old record for Jan. 30, set just last year. Nationally, the average is $3.429, up another 4.3 cents over the past week.
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April 17, 2014 | By Shan Li
Problems at some of the state's fuel refineries have sent gasoline prices soaring in California just in time for the kickoff of the busy driving season. A gallon of regular gasoline hit a statewide average of $4.196 on Thursday, up about 13 cents in a week, according to AAA. That's the highest price since March 2013. If gas prices keep surging, David Buzzo plans to cut down on dinners out and impulse purchases. Buzzo, a supervisor of field services for Southern California Edison, said he's always conscious of every uptick in price when filling up. "That takes away other money, luxury money," the 59-year-old Hollywood resident said.
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NATIONAL
October 18, 2007 | From Times Wire and Staff Reports
A refinery explosion shook nearby houses and sent a fireball into the sky, but an Exxon Mobil Corp. spokeswoman said no injuries were reported. The 6:18 a.m. explosion at the company's refinery in Lockwood, northeast of Billings, occurred after piping in a high-pressure unit leaked gases that ignited, although an exact cause had not been determined. The fire was under control but not yet extinguished by Wednesday evening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
A new project being launched on Wednesday will bring concerns about air pollution near Southern California oil refineries very close to home. The environmental group Coalition For a Safe Environment earlier this week installed a air-quality monitor on the roof of a family's home just across the fence from the Phillips 66 refinery in Wilmington. The shoebox-sized, solar-powered device will gather real-time data on the levels of air pollution residents of this working-class neighborhood near thePort of Los Angelesare breathing in, measuring concentrations of nitrogen oxides, fine particles and other pollutants as well as noise, temperature and humidity.
NEWS
November 12, 1996 | DUKE HELFAND and CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A spectacular explosion and fire ripped through the troubled Texaco refinery in Wilmington early Monday morning, rocking neighborhoods like an earthquake, curbing production at the state's eighth largest refinery and sending gasoline prices higher on West Coast wholesale markets. No injuries were reported in the 7:24 a.m. explosion inside hydrotreater unit 4, a complex that extracts sulfur from crude oil to produce gasoline and diesel fuel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
A coalition of environmental groups says it has discovered that large-scale shipments of low-quality heavy crude oil from Canada's tar sands are being delivered by rail for processing by Southern California refineries. The groups on Tuesday called for an investigation by air-quality officials to evaluate the effects on health, air quality, safety and the climate of processing the heavy Canadian crude, which requires intensive processing to remove higher levels of sulfur to meet U.S. standards.
NATIONAL
December 23, 2010 | By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a timetable Thursday to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from two major sources of the pollution scientists link to global warming: power plants and oil refineries. The announcement was the latest step in an ambitious effort to begin taking action on climate change, and it is certain to draw fire from congressional Republicans and industry leaders who have promised to halt the agency's efforts. The new move toward far-reaching emissions rules comes as environmentalists had begun to worry that the Obama administration was easing its push in order to avoid confrontations with major industries in advance of the 2012 presidential campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1993 | SCOTT SANDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying the work violates federal clean air laws, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday gave Unocal Corp. one week to stop preliminary construction at two Southern California refineries slated to produce cleaner-burning gasoline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1987 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
Fifty-eight U.S. oil refineries, including three in the Los Angeles area, are using a potentially lethal chemical that could result in a Bhopal-like disaster threatening as many as 12 million people across the country, a Washington-based environmental group has warned. Fred Millar of the Environmental Policy Institute issued the warning three years after the Bhopal disaster in India that resulted in more than 2,800 deaths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1997
More than 150 firefighters were called out early Monday morning to battle a fire at the Texaco refinery in Wilmington that took six hours to contain. Officials said there were no injuries, and no residents were evacuated. The fire started at 12:15 a.m. inside the pipelines of the alkylation unit, where butane and propane gas are mixed to make high-octane fuel, said Texaco spokeswoman Barbara Kornylo.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Actress, director, producer, winemaker and Flower Beauty entrepreneur Drew Barrymore is adding another job to her resume. Beginning today, Barrymore will be editor-at-large at  Refinery29 , contributing stories monthly to the online style publication that claims more than 8 million unique viewers per month. "The Internet terrifies me because I just don't feel like I grew up with technology," Barrymore said by phone earlier this week. "However, I love the aspect of a library of information at your fingertips, guides and how tos, lists and best ofs. Refinery has all that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Phillips 66, which operates refineries across California, is moving forward with a plan to build a rail terminal in San Luis Obispo County that would send trains with up to 80 tank cars of crude oil through Southern California and the Bay Area. In a draft environmental impact statement filed this week, Phillips said it wants to build five sets of parallel tracks that would accommodate trains as often as 250 times per year at its Santa Maria Refinery. The project is the latest effort by the refinery industry to increase crude imports to California from oil fields in North Dakota, Colorado and Texas.
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July 28, 2013 | Tony Barboza
You won't find any homes of the stars on this tour bus as it shuttles rubber-necking sightseers through Los Angeles. You may not even see the Hollywood sign through the haze from the smokestacks, rail yards and refineries along this "toxic tour" through neighborhoods southeast of Los Angeles. "To your left is a brownfield," guide Roberto Cabrales announces from the front of the bus to two dozen tourists aboard. "To your right, that's a former steel company. It's contaminated with heavy metals.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Work on Colombia's biggest-ever construction project, a $6.47-billion refinery called Reficar going up near the coastal city of Cartagena, has ground to a halt amid ongoing labor strife, the latest in a series of setbacks that has contributed to delays and billions in cost overruns on the megaproject.   The strike is only the latest in Colombia's fast-growing energy and mining sectors.  The most notable impacts have been a slowdown this year in the country's oil boom and a possible decline in coal exports for the first time in a decade, both partly the result of labor strikes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A black plume of smoke and tall flame visible around Long Beach and San Pedro is a controlled burnoff by the Valero refinery in Wilmington, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Burnoffs are common at refineries, though this one was seen over a large area. "No emergency. LAFD not needed," the fire department said in Twitter. Here are some images aggregated from social media: Fire at one of the chemical plants, smoke wafting over Long Beach pic.twitter.com/LW9yhslmq7 - SASSY (@sassydays)
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May 30, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
A wayward mylar balloon floated into Torrance power lines, forcing an oil refinery evacuation, a street closure and refinery employees to scan the surrounding community for emission leaks. The balloon triggered a voltage fluctuation at 9:16 a.m. from a Southern California Edison substation in Torrance, which in turn caused “unplanned flaring” at the Torrance ExxonMobil refinery. No injuries were reported, but nonessential employees at the facility were relocated to a nearby park as a precaution, said refinery spokeswoman Gesuina Paras.
NEWS
April 23, 1999 | From Reuters
Independent consultants reviewing safety at Tosco Corp.'s Avon oil refinery, where a blast killed four people in February, said in a draft report that worker-supervisor disputes impaired safety at the site. The report, prepared by Arthur D. Little for Contra Costa County Health Services, said an adversarial relationship between workers and their managers had impeded communication at the plant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
ChevronTexaco Corp. agreed Thursday to spend an estimated $275 million to reduce emissions at two California refineries and three others across the nation. The action settles a federal air pollution lawsuit. State and federal regulators accused the San Ramon-based oil giant, the nation's second-largest oil concern, of emitting more pollution than its permits allowed and modifying refineries without government approval.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Torrance firefighters responded to "heavy flaring" at an ExxonMobil refinery that officials said was prompted by a brief power outage Thursday morning. Crews arrived at the refinery about 9:20 a.m. after a mylar balloon hit equipment at a nearby California Edison substation and caused a "momentary but widespread" outage, Torrance Fire Capt. Steve Deuel said. No injuries were reported, but some contractors working at the facility were relocated to a nearby park as a precaution, Deuel said.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2013 | By Ronald D. White and Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Tesoro Corp. won federal and state clearance for its purchase of BP's Carson refinery, Arco stations and other assets for $2.4 billion, an acquisition that would further concentrate the state's fuel-making capacity into only two players - Tesoro and Chevron Corp. The twin actions Friday were immediately blasted by consumer advocates as a disaster for California consumers, who already pay some of the nation's highest gasoline and diesel prices. Tesoro and Chevron would control more than half of the refining business in California, which the activist groups contend would allow the two companies to influence what customers pay at the pump.
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