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Harvey Update: Starting the Refinery Restart Process

hurricane response  hurricane-harvey  electricity  energy  Jack Gerard  refineries  Safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 31, 2017

The Gulf Coast area impacted by Hurricane-Tropical Storm Harvey faces a long recovery road, with thousands displaced and so many neighborhoods and workplaces inaccessible due to floodwaters. Humanitarian relief efforts are under way, but there’s much work to be done. While Americans across the country are concerned about the human toll left by Harvey, we’re particularly mindful of thousands of colleagues in the natural gas and oil industry who work and live in affected areas.  In that light, it’s a glimmer of good news that a few of the refineries forced to shut down because of the storm are starting the complex process of restarting – six as of Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Energy Department, with a combined capacity of more than 1.2 million barrels per day or about 4.2 percent of total U.S. refining capacity.

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Harvey Update: Industry Focused on Keeping Market Well Supplied

hurricane response  refineries  safe operations  supplies 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 30, 2017

Industry is focused on keeping the domestic market for fuels and other refined products well supplied. It’s also committed to continued safety when it’s appropriate to restore operations at facilities that have been shut down – working closely with state and federal officials on the scene. 

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Harvey Update: Presidential Visit and Growing Benevolence

hurricane response  hurricane-harvey  oil and natural gas  refineries  safe operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 29, 2017

As the Houston and Louisiana areas brace for more rain in what is one of the biggest rain events in U.S. history, President Trump and the First Lady visited Corpus Christi to see storm impacts in person. The Gulf Coast is one of the United States’ key energy centers, where a number of natural gas and oil companies operate and where thousands of their employees live, and his visit drew praise and appreciation from Texans gathered at a fire station for his remarks.

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Growing Refining Capacity and Serving Consumers

refineries  refinery capacity  consumers  petroleum products  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 24, 2017

Over the past 40 years, U.S. capacity has increased more than 1,000 percent.  Such a remarkable increase is a tribute to industry’s commitment to supply consumer needs. … Add it all up, and these numbers are very important to American consumers. Refineries not only produce the fuels that keep our vehicles running – transportation fuels account for about 85 percent of products leaving the refinery – they also turn out the petrochemical feedstocks used in countless ways in our modern lives …

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Safety a Core Mission of U.S. Pipeline Network

infrastructure  pipelines  pipeline safety  crude oil  refineries 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 19, 2017

To mark #InfrastructureWeek, we’ve posted on the broad energy and economic opportunities that come from building new infrastructure or by expanding existing infrastructure. We’ve also highlighted the essential role of infrastructure in ensuring that the benefits of America’s energy renaissance reach all across the country, helping U.S. consumers. Let’s end the week with a word about infrastructure safety, focusing on pipelines.

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Refineries and the Daily Commitment to Safety

refineries  safety standards  workplace safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 5, 2017

Good news for the U.S. refining sector and its workers: Federal statistics show refinery employees are six times less likely to be injured on the job than workers in other manufacturing sectors – and the refining industry’s rate is steadily trending downward. Both reflect the refining sector’s commitment to worker safety and industry standards, as well as careful adherence to state and federal regulations. 

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The Economic Case For Energy Infrastructure

infrastructure  pipelines  refineries  oil and natural gas  economic growth  jobs 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 3, 2017

Before the resurgence in domestic oil and gas production, our national future was markedly constrained, because our energy future was constrained. Thanks largely to modern hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, there is opportunity for economic growth, increased security and significant progress on climate and air quality. Many of these points are underscored in a new ICF study on how much oil and natural gas infrastructure is possible in the U.S. through 2035

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100 Days: Refining Sector Produces For U.S.

100-days  petroleum  refineries  consumers  fuels 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 17, 2017

Every day Americans head off to work or play, use a cellphone or countless other consumer products made from petroleum, they should thank a refiner. U.S. refineries are the essential link between America’s ongoing renaissance in energy production and the actual benefits Americans enjoy from that production.

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Refined Products Trade Benefits North America

refineries  petroleum products  energy exports  canada  mexico  trade 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 22, 2017

Exports of finished petroleum products – including finished motor gasoline, propane, distillate fuel oil and others – to Canada and Mexico are a big part of the North American energy market that we posted on here, a market that is providing economic and security benefits to all three countries.

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Dakota Access Pipeline for Energy, Economy, Security

pipelines  north dakota  crude oil  bakken shale  refineries  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 9, 2017

Perhaps as soon as next week, oil will begin flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline, connecting energy-producing areas in North Dakota with refineries in Illinois. In a recent legal filing the pipeline’s builder, Energy Transfer Partners, said oil would be put in the final part of the pipeline that crosses under Lake Oahe in North Dakota next week or the week after – but most likely next week. Completion of the 1,172-mile, $3.78 billion project represents important progress on a number of fronts, including infrastructure, U.S. energy security, jobs, state and local economies and the rule of law.

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