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August 31, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The summer of 2012's widespread refinery and petroleum pipeline problems, as one analyst put it, will mean that many Americans will face record high gasoline prices during the long Labor Day holiday weekend. In California, analysts have blamed the recent Chevron Corp. refinery fire as the main reason the state will see a second straight year of the highest average prices ever for the traditional three-day ending of the summer driving season. But the national average for the price of gasoline this weekend will shatter a record set in the summer of 2008, the year that the U.S. saw its highest overall prices ever, even after adjusting for inflation.
August 26, 2012 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - An early morning explosion and fire at Venezuela's largest refinery killed at least 39 people Saturday and left the nation's most important source of auto and airline fuel out of commission. Giant flames and columns of smoke continued to billow from the Amuay refinery, about 200 miles west of Caracas, the capital, into the afternoon. The disaster occurred just six weeks before Venezuela's Oct. 7 presidential election, with the efficiency of President Hugo Chavez's government a campaign issue.
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.
August 17, 2012
Re "Chevron's refinery, Richmond's peril," Opinion, Aug. 14 Every person who intends to vote in the upcoming election or in any other contest should read Antonia Juhasz's Op-Ed article about the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, Calif. This and other disasters, including the financial meltdown on Wall Street and the mortgage crisis, could have been averted with stronger regulations and oversight. One of the strongest rallying cries of candidates running for public office from the Republican Party is that we have too many regulations.
August 17, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The rapid rise in gasoline prices, sparked by a refinery fire last week, has slowed and may have peaked, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. Since the fire at Chevron Corp.'s Richmond Refinery in the Bay Area on Aug. 6, the average retail price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California has shot up 25.8 cents. At one point, it jumped 5 cents overnight. Although part of the refinery damaged by the fire is still shut down, the rise in prices has cooled. "Southern California gas prices have actually only risen by about 2 cents since Sunday, and most of the week-to-week increase occurred last Friday and Saturday," Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring said.
August 16, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The Automobile Club of Southern California says that the recent refinery fire-related fuel price rise may have peaked, for now. The Aug. 6 blaze at Chevron Corp.'s Richmond refinery has left the plant operating at less than full capacity. Gasoline prices quickly jumped by 25 cents a gallon or more just days after the incident, but the Auto Club says that the rate of that increase has already slowed. “Southern California gas prices have actually only risen by about 2 cents since Sunday, and most of the week-to-week increase occurred last Friday and Saturday,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring.
August 14, 2012 | Ronald D. White
Texas oil giant Tesoro Corp. said it will spend $2.5 billion to buy a sprawling refinery in Carson and other assets -- including the Arco brand -- from rival BP. The move would leave most of California's gasoline production in the hands of just two companies: Tesoro and Chevron Corp. The deal would greatly boost Tesoro's presence in the region. The San Antonio company already has agreements with more than 1,200 stations nationwide that sell its gas under the Shell, USA Gasoline and Tesoro brands.
August 14, 2012 | Antonia Juhasz, Antonia Juhasz is the author of several books on the oil industry, including "The Tyranny of Oil." She is also the editor and lead author of three Alternative Annual Reports on Chevron and the former director of the Chevron Program at San Francisco-based Global Exchange
Stay inside, close your windows and doors, and turn off air conditioning and heating units. Pets and all children in sporting activities should be brought inside, and have duct tape ready should you need to further seal windows and doors. These are among the "shelter in place" warnings made to Bay Area residents last week in response to a massive fire at the Chevron Corp. refinery in Richmond. The fire burned out of control for more than five hours, sending a giant black cloud of toxic chemicals, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, thousands of feet into the air and out across the bay. While automated calls went to more than 18,000 people, some 160,000 residents live in the areas directly affected by the warning.
August 10, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
In what was seen as a reaction to a fire at a major oil refinery in Northern California, pump prices for regular gasoline statewide rose more than a nickel a gallon from Wednesday to Thursday, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. Price jumps of more than 2 cents in a 24-hour period are uncommon. Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring said the fire at Chevron Corp.'s sprawling Richmond refinery "had an immediate effect on the wholesale gasoline market. Although the refinery is on the shore of San Rafael Bay, north of San Francisco and Oakland, it's an important fuel provider for Southern California.
August 9, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The expected run-up in gasoline prices after a major fire at a Bay Area refinery may not come as quickly as expected, but it's coming. What isn't known at this point, analysts said, is how bad it will get. The market is waiting forChevron report on the severity of the damage to its 2,900-acre refinery in Richmond, Calif., which opened in 1902. Chevron said Wednesday that the refinery, which was shut down because of the fire at one of its units, was now partially operating.
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