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Oil Giants Reach $425 Million Air Pollution Settlement

Subsidiaries of oil refiners Tesoro and Par Hawaii Refining have agreed to pay $425 million to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations and reduce air pollution at six refineries. Under the settlement with the EPA and the US Department of Justice, the two companies will spend about $403 million to … Read more »

Tesoro Fined $1M for Violating Gasoline Rules

Tesoro has paid $1,014,000 in penalties for violating California’s reformulated gasoline regulations, according to the state’s Air Resources Board. Tesoro, the second-largest independent refining and marketing company in the Western US, supplied gasoline in violation of state regulations from two Tesoro refineries and one terminal for a period of 52 … Read more »

Petroleum Refineries’ Capacity Increases

Petroleum Refineries’ Capacity Increases

The capacity of US petroleum refineries increased by 101,000 barrels per calendar day between 2013 and 2014, according to a report by the US Energy Information Administration. There are currently 139 operating refineries and three idle refineries with total atmospheric crude oil distillation capacity of 17.9 million bbl/cd in the … Read more »

Water District Reaches Milestone

Water District Reaches Milestone

Drought-stricken California is also the home of a wastewater recycling plant that reached a significant milestone. The West Basin Municipal Water District passed 150 billion gallons of total recycled water production at its Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in El Segundo. The district said that amount of water would … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil Leak, Ethanol Mandate, EPA Delays Listening Sessions

North Dakota regulators said their initial investigations suggest corrosion as a cause of Tesoro Logistics LP’s 20,600-barrel oil leak in the state. The company’s six-inch pipeline was carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale to the Stampede rail facility outside Columbus, N.D. when a farmer noticed the spill on September 29, Reuters … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Gas Tank Standards, Train Rules, Chevron Fines

The EPA issued updates on Monday to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks. The updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first. Storage tanks emitting 6 or more tons of VOCs a year must reduce emissions by 95 percent, with deadlines of April … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC Resignation, EU Fisheries, GMO Wheat Escapes

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff (pictured) is stepping down. Wellinghoff guided the agency’s Order 1000, which encouraged solar and wind integration while requiring grid planners and public utilities to coordinate on regional transmission. He will stay in his post until a new commissioner is confirmed, Politico reported. Companies with … Read more »

Contract Wins: Smart & Final, Ecova, Rolls-Royce, Daimler, Sapphire Energy

Warehouse grocery store Smart & Final has expanded its range of services with Ecova, selecting the company to provide waste management services at about 150 grocery and foodservice stores. Ecova already provides energy management services to the grocer. As an independent third party, Ecova says it will help Smart & … Read more »