Coast-to-Coast Paradigm Shift – How Shale Crude Impacts Gasoline

The gasoline market has become highly regionalized with the country apparently divided into areas of feast and famine. Shortages, low margins and declining refinery capacity have plagued the Northeast and California. Increased gasoline exports have rewarded Gulf Coast refiners. Midwest and Rocky Mountain refiners have profited from strong refining margins. Meantime gasoline consumption is falling across the country just as new US crude produced from shale basins – which just happens to be rich in gasoline blending components -- starts to reach coastal refining centers. Today we look at how the new crude streams might impact regional gasoline markets. 

Northeast Gloom

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