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Friday, 08/22/2014

(August 21, 2014 - Fuel Fix) Gulf Coast to benefit from refinery retrofits (By:  Rhiannon Meyers)


The Texas Gulf Coast will be ground zero for a push to equip refineries to handle a flood of light crude unlocked in the U.S. shale boom, but the investments will be relatively conservative, a petrochemical consultant said...

Wednesday, 08/13/2014

(August 12, 2014 – Houston Chronicle) Abundant light crude creates a sweet situation for refiners (By Robert Grattan)

The future of oil refining in Houston and the Gulf Coast increasingly belongs to the pipeline.

Refineries are embracing domestic oil flowing mostly through pipelines from the nation's bounteous shale fields, after counting for years on tankers full of imported crude.

Since 2011, the amount of foreign crude shipped over water to the Houston area has fallen from 1.5 million barrels a...

Wednesday, 08/13/2014

(August 11, 2014 – The Gilmer Mirror) SFA Alumni Association presents 2014 Alumni Awards

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association will honor five outstanding alumni at its annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center’s Twilight Ballroom.

The SFA Alumni Association bestows its highest honors on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and community, committed themselves to advancing the values and goals of...

Friday, 08/08/2014

(August 5, 2014 – Fuel Fix) North Dakota crude no more dangerous than similar fuels, report finds (By Robert Grattan)

HOUSTON — An industry-funded study released Monday concluded that the oil from the Bakken region doesn’t pose a greater risk to transport than other similar, types of crude.

The study is the most scientific analysis of the region’s crude so far, the North Dakota Petroleum Council said. The group hopes the report allays fears that Bakken oil may be more prone to ignition — after a series of accidents...

Tuesday, 08/05/2014

(August 5, 2014 – Platts Gas Daily) Severe drought boosts California gas demand (By: Jim Magill)

As California suffers through a historic drought, low water levels are cutting into the state’s ability to generate hydro-power, setting the stage for natural gas to fill the gap.

But gas faces stiff competition from renewable energy sources, such...