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Colorado Refinery to Pay $9M for Air Violations

The Canada-based owner-operator of a Denver, Colo.-area oil refinery will pay $9 million to settle air quality violations dating to 2017, state officials announced Friday. The settlement with Calgary-based Suncor Energy is the biggest leveled by the Colorado Department of …

With Premiums Up Due to Accidents, Chemical, Refinery Plants Cut Back on Insurance

U.S. refineries and petrochemical plants are cutting back on insurance because several years of severe accidents have driven up the cost of coverage, industry and insurance sources said. With less insurance coverage for physical damage and business interruption, energy companies …

California Refinery Hit With $125K in Safety Violations

Federal officials have fined a Southern California refinery $125,000 for chemical safety and risk-management violations, according to a newspaper report. The violations stem from a 2016 investigation into Torrance Refinery, which found equipment designed to help contain an accidental release …

Explosion at Refinery Operated by Taiwan Energy Firm CPC Hits Diesel Output

Taiwanese state-owned energy company CPC said diesel production would be hit at its refinery in the northwestern city of Taoyuan after an explosion at the site on Monday morning, but added that there were no reports of injury. The accident, …

Washington Refinery Fined Nearly $325K for Workplace Violations

Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries has fined Phillips 66 Refinery $324,000 for failing to correct serious workplace safety and health violations. An L&I inspection of the Ferndale facility found the violations put refinery workers at great risk in case …

California Refinery Blast Sprays Ash, Bursts Windows

An explosion and fire at Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Torrance, California, refinery sent ash spraying on nearby cars and burst windows of surrounding buildings Wednesday. The explosion occurred near a fluid catalytic cracking unit of the refinery, according to David Campbell, …

BP Texas Refinery Neighbors Seek Billions at Toxic-Gas Trial

BP Plc faces the first of almost 48,000 toxic exposure claims from neighbors of a Texas refinery who say they’ll give the billions of dollars in punitive damages they’re seeking to charity if they win at trial. The residents claim …

California City Sues Chevron Over Refinery Fire

Richmond is suing Chevron for damages from a massive fire that shut down the energy giant’s refinery at the San Francisco Bay area city last year. A lawsuit filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court alleges the crude-oil pipeline leak …

Corrosion Linked To 2011 Chevron Refinery Fire in California

Corrosion that went unchecked – the suspected cause of a fire at Chevron Corp.’s Richmond, Calif. refinery in August – has been linked to a fire at the plant in October 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting. According to …

Shell Singapore Refinery May Shut for a Month; Distillates Force Majeure

Royal Dutch Shell’s Singapore refinery may remain shut for at least a month, industry sources said, and the company declared it would not meet supply commitments after a blaze at the major 500,000 barrels-per-day plant. Singapore is Asia’s hub for …