Barbara Powell

Business, Fuel

Despite Strike, Chevron to Continue Operating California Refinery

A striking Chevron refinery union worker holds a sign as he pickets outside of the Chevron refinery A striking Chevron refinery union worker holds a sign as he pickets outside of the Chevron refinery March 21 in Richmond, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Chevron Corp. plans to operate its California refinery “normally” amid a worker strike that began just after midnight on March 21, potentially limiting the impact on gasoline prices in the state.

Barbara Powell | Bloomberg News
March 21, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

Explosion, Fire Rock Marathon’s Huge Louisiana Refinery

Refinery The Marathon Petroleum Corp. Garyville refinery. (Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg News)

Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s oil refinery near New Orleans exploded into flames on Feb. 21, threatening to crimp fuel supplies and raise pump prices at a time of already rampant inflation.

Barbara Powell | Bloomberg News
February 22, 2022
Business, Fuel

Refiners Are Less Pressed to Shut Down Plants as Fuel Demand Rebounds

Refiners Are Less Pressed to Shut Down Plants as Fuel Demand Rebounds An oil flare burns at the BP Plc Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Ind. Oil demand is set to increase by an average of almost 4 million barrels a day in 2021 vs. a low, pandemic-driven 2020 level. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

After several years of plant closures and conversions to make renewable fuel, the pressure on American refiners to shut down excess capacity is easing as gasoline demand nears pre-pandemic levels and supplies dwindle.

Barbara Powell | Bloomberg News
November 1, 2021
Business, Fuel

Deep-Freeze Issues Linger at US Refineries

A Valero Energy Corp. refinery in Texas is seen on Feb. 19. (Eddie Seal/Bloomberg News) A Valero Energy Corp. refinery in Texas is seen on Feb. 19. (Eddie Seal/Bloomberg News)

Texas’ refining complex is mostly back from February’s crippling cold blast, but lingering freeze-related issues continue to plague a number of production units.

Barbara Powell | Bloomberg News
April 2, 2021
Business, Safety, Fuel

Oil Refineries in Texas Grapple With COVID-19 Outbreaks

A driver gets tested for coronavirus at a testing center in Austin, Texas, on July 7. A driver gets tested for coronavirus at a testing center in Austin, Texas, on July 7. (Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

Oil refineries aren’t being spared as COVID-19 sweeps through Texas, which is setting records for new infections and hospitalizations in the U.S. almost daily.

Barbara Powell | Bloomberg News
July 10, 2020
Government, Fuel

2019 Gas Prices Predicted to Be Volatile, but Lower Overall

Gas Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The projected $2.70 a gallon pump price for 2019 is 3 cents lower than 2018 levels, although this year’s high could reach $3 as soon as May and top $4 in some cities, according to GasBuddy’s Price Fuel Outlook. The lower prices have not escaped Trump’s attention, who equated them to a tax cut in a tweet Jan. 1.

Barbara Powell | Bloomberg News
January 2, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

American Roadtrippers to Face $3 a Gallon Gas This Summer

Memorial Day 2017 traffic Northbound traffic on the Henry Hudson Parkway, leading out of Manhattan, on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend last year. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

U.S. drivers might be feeling flush after getting tax cuts amid a growing economy as they embark on the summer driving season, but road trips will cost more this year.

Barbara Powell | Bloomberg News
May 17, 2018
Business

Striking Oil Workers, Shell Said to Reach Tentative Deal

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The United Steelworkers union representing 30,000 U.S. oil workers has reached a tentative deal on a new four-year contract offered by Royal Dutch Shell Plc on behalf of oil companies, a person familiar with the talks said.

Lynn Doan | Bloomberg News
Barbara Powell | Bloomberg News
March 12, 2015
Business, Fuel

Shell-Oil Union Talks to Resume This Week Over Strike

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the United Steelworkers, which represents 30,000 U.S. oil workers, are said to be planning to restart talks this week to resolve a labor dispute as more workers joined in the nation’s biggest refinery strike since 1980.

Lynn Doan | Bloomberg News
Barbara Powell | Bloomberg News
February 23, 2015
Business

US Oil Workers Reject Shell's Contract Offer Prolonging Strike

United Steelworkers

The United Steelworkers, representing more than 30,000 U.S. oil workers, instructed members to reject a seventh labor contract offered by Royal Dutch Shell Plc as the biggest refinery strike since 1980 dragged on.

Lynn Doan | Bloomberg News
Barbara Powell | Bloomberg News
February 20, 2015