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Texas oil refiners will take weeks to recover from freeze

Oil refinery seen through chain link fence

REUTERS, FEBRUARY 20, 2021 (Reuters) – Texas oil refineries shut by cold-weather disruptions may take several weeks to resume normal operations, industry experts said on Friday, helping to push up fuel prices. About a fifth of oil processing was halted by power outages, shortages of natural gas and water this week. Average retail gasoline prices rose 6 cents on the …

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Philly refinery cleanup highlights toxic legacy of fossil fuels (VIDEO)

View of refinery seen through window

REUTERS, FEBRUARY 16, 2021 U.S. refinery cleanup of this size and scope has no known precedent, remediation experts said. PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Wearing blue hard hats, white hazmat suits and respirator masks, workers carted away bags of debris on a recent morning from a sprawling and now-defunct oil refinery once operated by Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES). Other laborers ripped asbestos …

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Occidental Issues Force Majeure as Cold Shuts in Permian Oil

Oil wells. Snowy field

BLOOMBERG, FEBRUARY 16, 2021 Weather affects crude delivery in the field and on the coast | Unclear how long supply curtailments to customers will last By Sheela Tobben and Javier Blas for Bloomberg – Occidental Petroleum Corp., the second-largest oil producer in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico, told buyers it will be forced to curtail deliveries due to complications …

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Biggest U.S. Oil Refineries Closing Because of Frigid Air

Oil refinery

BLOOMBERG, FEBRUARY 15, 2021 Motiva, Exxon, Marathon halting some fuel production in Texas |  Gasoline futures jump as closures signal tightening supplies By Jeffrey Bair and Barbara J Powell for Bloomberg – The largest oil refineries in North America are shutting down because of Arctic conditions that have disrupted power, water and fuel supplies across Texas. More than 3 million barrels of daily …

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VIDEO: First responders save two in daring cold water rescue

Screen grab of rescue operation. Icy water

PortandTerminal.com, February 3, 2021 STAMFORD, CT – Firefighters in Connecticut on Monday rescued two people from a pickup truck that had become submerged in the icy waters of Long Island Sound at the height of the snowstorm. According to officials, the driver was doing ‘donuts’ in the snow-covered parking lot in the harbor at Cummings Park in Stamford when the …

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Interview: Shippers Saw a Need for Bigger Vessels. They Built Them Too Big

Container ship. Tug boat. City skyline.

BLOOMBERG, JANUARY 23, 2021 By Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway for Bloomberg – Unless you’re involved with international commerce in some way, you might not have heard that the cost of shipping goods out of China is absolutely soaring right now. Six months ago, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index of spot shipping rates was at 1,022. As of Friday, it was close to …

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VIDEO: Dramatic crane fire at Port of Buenos Aires

Fire at port

PortandTerminal.com, January 20, 2021 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – A container crane at Terminal 4 at the Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina caught fire during cargo operations yesterday (Jan. 19). Local media reports that cargo operations were underway on the Maersk Lavras when the fire broke out. The blaze took firefighters two hours to extinguish. There were no reported injuries nor …

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COVID: Temperature checks for LA/LB longshore workers being implemented

Man having his temperature checked

PortandTerminal.com, January 12, 2021 LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles/Long Beach Longshore Labor Relations committee agreed to start requiring mandatory temperature screening at marine terminals starting today (January 12). For now, the measure is being implemented for 30 days expiring on February 11th. The temperature checks will be administered every time someone enters a terminal. Anyone whose temperature is 100.4 …

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BREAKING: Russian drones blow up oil tanks in Syria: VIDEO

Screen grab of fires burning at night

PortandTerminal.com, January 11, 2021 BEIRUT – Earlier tonight, the Aleppo countryside witnessed a number of powerful explosions, following a drone attack on the oil smuggling sites of the Turkish-backed militants. The Syrian National Army, also described as the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army, is a coalition of armed Syrian opposition groups that oppose the Russian backed Syrian President Bashar Assad. According …

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