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August 22, 2012
Re "Chevron's refinery, Richmond's peril," Opinion, Aug. 14 The Op-Ed article by activist Antonia Juhasz mischaracterized the Aug. 6 incident at Chevron Corp.'s Richmond refinery and our commitment to the health and safety of our workers and neighbors. Refineries in the San Francisco Bay Area operate under the most stringent air pollution controls in the world. Chevron complies with rigorous health, environmental and safety regulations from numerous local, state and federal agencies that oversee the refinery; in many cases, the company goes above and beyond.
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BUSINESS
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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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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Consumer Watchdog, saying that refineries operating in the state may have falsified information to help boost gasoline prices, wants the California attorney general to launch a criminal investigation. The advocacy group made its request in a letter to state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris. “It appears that California's oil refineries falsified public information to drive up the price of gasoline," Consumer Watchdog's president, Jamie Court, and energy project director, Liza Tucker, said in the letter.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2011 | Reuters
Sunoco Inc. plans to end nearly 120 years in the U.S. refining business, selling off its two remaining plants as higher crude prices and slumping demand squeezed profits in the latest restructuring of the sector. The Philadelphia company will remain a gasoline retailer through its 4,900 stations across the East Coast and Midwest, but will put its two Pennsylvania refineries on the block. The move is the latest shift in the U.S. refining market, which has seen a wave of companies disposing of refining assets, selling off plants or mothballing them over the last two years as firms reorganize businesses to adjust to the changing economics in the oil products markets.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2009 | Ronald D. White
A three-hour fire at the Tesoro oil refinery in Wilmington pushed wholesale gasoline prices up almost 21 cents a gallon Friday. Retail prices were expected to rise by a nickel or more in the coming days, depending on the amount of damage at the facility and the production declines that could result. As of Friday afternoon, the severity of the fire was still being assessed and the refinery was operating at reduced levels, Tesoro officials said. "Before this fire, the price was about to drop like a rock," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service in New Jersey.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Gasoline prices, already at record levels for January, rose again over the last week, the Energy Department said. But that wasn't necessarily the worst news about the continuing strain on motorists' wallets: Refinery closures were setting up the eastern half of the nation for more price increases later this year. California's average price for a gallon of regular gasoline climbed 2.7 cents to $3.741 over the last week, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of service stations, released Monday.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Refining losses marred the fourth-quarter performance for Chevron Corp., the nation's second-biggest oil company, leaving it with a profit decline compared with 2010 and dropping it below Wall Street expectations. The San Ramon, Calif., oil giant said Friday that it earned $5.12 billion, or $2.58 a share, down 3.2% from $5.3 billion, or $2.64, in the final three months of 2010, even though the price of oil in the fourth quarter of 2011 was substantially higher than it had been a year earlier.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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)
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Susan Denley
In an interview with InStyle magazine, Salma Hayek acknowledges that people think she's beautiful, but she says she doesn't work at it. "I have never tried to be as beautiful as I can be," she said (making the rest of us feel like crumpled-up napkins). "I could do a lot more -- exercise, or not eat dessert. ... I could make bigger efforts. I don't think my first priority in life has ever been beauty. " The interview is in the July issue, on newsstands Friday. [InStyle] Zac Posen has signed on to design a collection for mass wedding-gown retailer David's Bridal.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
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