Environment & Safety

Marathon's Galveston Bay refinery partially evacuated after butane leak

Marathon Petroleum Corp. evacuated workers from a portion of its Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City, Texas due to a butane leak, but no injuries were reported.


Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Unintended fugitive emissions from pressurized plant components have long been a key concern for operators as well as regulators.

How small deviations and lack of management access compromise reliability

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 2013, Refinery “X” was experiencing serious pump distress—the third or fourth in a 12-month period. We received calls about the latest thrust bearing failure event on this important 3,560-rpm process pump. Soon after, a surprisingly similar incident happened at Refinery “Y” in 2015. Both incidents are considered here.

US gov't withdraws $40-MM windpower grant

Dominion Virginia Power is assessing options for its proposed offshore wind demonstration project in light of an announcement today that the US DOE is withdrawing $40 MM in funding.

Daimler Mercedes-Benz's cleaner technology in European diesel, gasoline engines

Daimler said it will spend €3 B ($3.35 B) to curtail diesel exhaust pollution levels by modifying its engines and exhaust treatment systems.

Exxon shareholder vote could see climate activist join board

Voters at ExxonMobil Corp.'s annual meeting on Wednesday approved a measure to let minority shareholders nominate outsiders for seats on the board, meaning a climate activist could eventually become a director at the world's largest publicly traded oil company.

Shell CEO warns on hasty renewables shift

Major investors, including Dutch pension fund PGGM, have criticized Shell's climate change policy in recent months, saying it should do more to mitigate climate change risks.

EPA’s biofuel plan frustrates US refiners, farmers

The increase did not go far enough for the farm lobby and biofuels companies like Poet LLC, which have spent millions to produce advanced biofuels. Meanwhile, oil industry advocates, who have criticized previous targets as unrealistic, renewed calls for an overhaul of the program.

US EPA proposes modest increase in 2017 biofuels blending targets

Releasing the blending targets ahead of 2017 is part of the US EPA's efforts to get the controversial policy program for domestic refiners back on track after many years of delays.

Climate laws could mean higher refining costs

Curbing increasing levels of greenhouse gas emissions remains a key requirement, and challenge, for global oil refiners and gas producers.