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Oil Refineries

U.S. Eyes European Safety Standards for Oil Refineries

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Oil refiners can learn from Europe as they try to reduce accidents at plants in Louisiana and other states, U.S. safety experts say. After a string of disasters, President Obama issued an executive order last August to improve chemical facility safety.

Corporate Recklessness and Our Future

Carl Pope | Posted 03.27.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

The decision by the Obama administration to reopen federal drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico to BP opens an interesting window into a fundamental question: What does it mean to hold a corporation accountable and responsible?

If Movement Fails to Draw the Line Against Keystone XL in TX & OK, We All Flunk the Climate Test

Tom Weis | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Here's the inconvenient truth about the Keystone XL: TransCanada does not need the pipeline's northern leg to begin pumping hundreds of thousands of barrels of toxic tar sands daily through America's breadbasket for export overseas.

Lynne Peeples

Activist Issues Warning On Keystone XL Refineries | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.06.2013 | Green

The stacks stand some 60 yards tall, yet the "heavy smoke and soot" they spew still fills the streets and playgrounds of Port Arthur, Texas, a local r...

Lynne Peeples

Keystone XL's Sacrifice Zone: 'This Is Obviously Environmental Racism' | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green

Plumes of smoke, billowing in various shades from white to black, frequently fill the skies over the Manchester neighborhood of Houston. It's no wonde...

Lucia Graves

One Man's 1,700-Mile Journey To Understand Keystone XL | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.08.2013 | Green

After two years of living in his van and "eating lots of peanut butter," Ken Ilgunas, 29, opted for a new adventure. In September he hitchhiked to Can...

How Big is Canada's Oil Subsidy to the U.S.?

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 03.10.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Before rushing ahead to double oil sands production -- and sending billions more in de facto energy subsidies to U.S. refiners -- Canadians may be better off if producers figure out how to capture more value from what they're already digging out of the ground.

Why Some Drivers Still Might See Another Surge

AP | SANDY SHORE | Posted 10.04.2012 | Money

-- Drivers on either coast may be questioning the conventional wisdom that gas prices fall after Labor Day. Motorists in California paid an average ...

Cycling Along the Keystone Pipeline: Roxana, IL

Carol Hsin | Posted 06.26.2012 | College
Carol Hsin

Towers of industry from an oil refinery peek above small houses and trees, forming the background of two small villages in southern Illinois.

Corexit Maker Nalco Gets Louisiana Credits For Plant

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.22.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Nalco Company, the maker of Corexit used to disperse oil from the BP spill, is using Louisiana state credits to build an $18.7 million polymer facility at its Garyville plant -- 35 miles upriver from New Orleans.

Oil Refinery Shutters With EPA Help

AP | Posted 05.08.2012 | Green

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has assigned a coordinator to oversee the shutdown of the Hove...

An Anti-Worker Union

Ken Blackwell | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Ken Blackwell

Union leaders supporting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline understand that supporting jobs for their members is the reason the unions exist, not to join with the enemy and fight against their own members' best interests.

Dan Froomkin

Pain At The Pump? Drivers Now Have to Outbid Mexico for Gas | Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.23.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Conservation, high prices, and hard times have led American motorists to dramatically decrease the amount of gasoline they buy. But ...

Oil Refinery Faces Record Fines Over Clean Air Act Violations

AP | ALAN SAYRE | Posted 12.12.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS — A Texas company that owns a refinery in southwestern Louisiana pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony violations of the federal Clean ...

Oil Companies Investigated For Possible Market Manipulation

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

This would help to explain those high gas prices. Late Monday, federal regulators announced an investigation into whether oil companies and refine...

Sam Stein

Democratic Leadership Requests Investigation Into Gas Price Fixing | Sam Stein | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Keeping the spotlight on the high prices at the pump, Senate Democratic leadership has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission req...

FORGOTTEN: Injured Oil Refinery Contractors Find Few Remedies

The Center for Public Integrity | Jim Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some refinery workers are killed on the spot and duly memorialized, their survivors compensated financially for expenses, pain and suffering. Others, ...

EPA May Take Over Texas Air Program Because State Is Violating Clean Air Act

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HOUSTON — The Environmental Protection Agency may take over the entire job of regulating air quality in Texas if the state keeps violating the C...

EPA Scraps Texas Clean Air Program, Will Make Oil Refineries To File For New Permits

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HOUSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday officially overturned a 16-year-old Texas air permitting program it says violate...

South Bay to Discuss Autism Epidemic: Causes and Solutions

Marcy Winograd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Marcy Winograd

As an educator, a mother, and a congressional candidate, I believe we owe it to our children to raise the decibel level of this conversation.