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Houston Chronicle, March 4, 2015

As the United Steelworkers strike rolls on for a fifth week, many union workers have crossed the picket lines and returned to work.

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Forbes, March 2, 2015

Dow Chemical plans to invest upwards of $6 billion into upgrading and expanding its facilities in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

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Reuters, February 25, 2015

This week Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger announced that the company is planning to integrate its 451,000 bpd Galveston Bay refinery with its nearby 84,000 bpd Texas City refinery by constructing a new hydrotreater between the two facilities. This project would help increase diesel fuel output and expand export capabilities.

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CBS Los Angeles, February 24, 2015

According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), it was over-pressurization that caused a 100,000 bpd fluid catalytic cracker at ExxonMobil's refinery in Torrance, California to explode last week.

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Northwest Indiana Times, February 24, 2015

There was a massive flare-up at the BP Refinery in Whiting, Indiana yesterday morning, shooting flames and thick plumes of smoke into the sky.

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Yahoo News, February 23, 2015

The United Steelworkers strike expanded over the weekend to encompass 15 plants, including 12 refineries, which account for one-fifth of the nation’s total production capacity.

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Bloomberg Business, February 20, 2015

The United Steelworkers (USW) union, which represents more than 30,000 workers at over 200 refineries, fuel terminals, pipelines and chemical plants across the U.S., has rejected the latest labor agreement offer from Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

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Reuters, February 19, 2015

ExxonMobil experienced an explosion and fire at the company's 155,000 bpd refinery in Torrance, California yesterday, injuring four contractors and shattering the windows of nearby buildings.

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Current-Argus News, February 19, 2015

Enterprise Products Partners Inc. has announced plans to build a $412 million natural gas processing plant in Eddy County, New Mexico, as well as over 150 miles of associated pipeline infrastructure.

George P. Bush Stresses Innovation and Ingenuity During Oil Downturn
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IJ Staff, February 19, 2015

This week at a luncheon for the Mexico Shale Summit, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush spoke to a group of energy producers about the importance of ingenuity and innovation during this period of low oil prices.

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Fuel Fix, February 18, 2015

Tesoro Corp. has announced plans for two major capital projects at the company's refinery in Anacortes, Washington.

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KTLA.com, February 18, 2015

The Torrance Police and Fire Departments have reportedly responded to a large explosion that occurred this morning at the 155,000 bpd ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, California.

Crude-by-Rail Train Derails in West Virginia; Sends Fireball 300 Feet Into the Air
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ABC News, February 17, 2015

A train carrying over 100 tankers of crude oil derailed yesterday in Mount Carbon, West Virginia.

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February 17, 2015

For the 17th day now, refinery workers continue to strike at facilities around the United States.

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MIT, February 13, 2015

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