chevron teams up with university of texas

New alliance dedicated to recovering oil from difficult reservoirs. Chevron Corp. has formed a research alliance with The University of Texas at Austin to develop new technologies to increase the amount of oil recovered from mature and challenging reservoirs. Under the alliance, Chevron Energy Technology Co., a Chevron subsidiary, will provide up to $5 million

tesoro in hot water over hot fuel

Consumer group attacks chain over consumer warning attempts. Tesoro is putting warning decals on its gas station pumps, including dozens of Shell stations, warning that consumers may not get all the energy they paid for in a gallon of gasoline, according to industry reports today. However, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) is

alon adds pipelines in california

Alon USA Energy Inc., today finalized the purchase of the crude and unfinished products pipeline system from Kinder Morgan, Inc. known as the “Black Oil System” for a purchase price of $4.5 million. The “Black Oil” system includes approximately six miles of active and thirteen miles of inactive pipelines in the Long Beach, Calif. area.

shell zone pricing suit dismissed

Six local dealers plan to appeal against ruling. A federal judge dismissed claims by six gas station owners who alleged that Shell Oil Co. charged them more for gasoline in order to drive customers to nearby company-owned locations. The month-long lawsuit was thrown out of a U.S. District Court in Santa Ana on Tuesday before

exxonmobil and conocophillips wave goodbye to venezuela

Tension between nation and oil companies on the rise, experts say. ExxonMobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips are packing up and leaving Venezuela, according to The Wall Street Journal. The paper reported the two oil companies are leaving behind their multibillion-dollar investments in Venezuela. Experts see this as further evidence that the relationship between Western oil companies

pearson fuels expands califs e85 market

New ARB grant helps company develop “greener” gas stations. Pearson Fuels has become a major recipient of grant funding from the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Under the grant, ARB has agreed to work closely with Pearson Fuels and financially support the company’s building of Ethanol (E-85) infrastructure throughout the state of California, according to

texas oil companies prepare for emergencies

New protocol sets up state to handle possible fuel shortages. Texas oil company executives and state leaders are constructing measures to improve gasoline delivery during hurricanes, hopefully reducing the amount of stranded motorists often seen during such disasters, such as in 2005 when Hurrican Rita left roads filled with3.6 million fleeing residents. Because of those

gas prices fall eleven cents

Drop expected to taper off sooner than later. Gasoline prices fell an average of about 11 cents per gallon in the U.S. over the past two weeks, according to data published by the Lundberg survey. The survey revealed that the average price of self-serve regular unleaded gas stood at $2.9961 per gallon on June 22–a

senate passes new energy bill

CAFÉ and ethanol become hot topics in Washington. A new bill passed has called for a 40% increase in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAF⊃) for automobiles. The increase is intended to force manufacturers to produce more fuel-efficient automobiles. The new bill calls for the CAF⊃ to be raised to 35 miles per gallon (mph)

bp gives 75 to stanford university

New grant follows chain of other donations delivered by energy companies. BP Foundation gave a grant of $7.5 million to Stanford University’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) said today. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) is a non-profit, non-partisan consumer watchdog group. The gift

citgos harvey honored by astm

Organization honors manager for commitment to high standards in fuel service. David Harvey, CITGO Petroleum Corp. manager, fuels quality technology and technical services, received a special Award of Appreciation from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Int. at an ASTM subcommittee meeting in Miami Beach, Fla. The award honored Harvey for his efforts

chevron texaco kick off 42 days of racing

New promotion marks 20 years of motor sports sponsorship. Chevron Global Marketing has kicked off the Texaco “42 Days of Racing” promotion with a grand prize race package featuring a trip to the final six stock car races of the season and a chance to meet Texaco/Havoline driver Juan Pablo Montoya. Other prizes include a

safeway makes the wright choice

New payment processing equipment adds convenience to paying for gas. Safeway Inc., a convenience store and supermarket operator with 1,760 stores, reached a deal to begin accepting the Wright Express fleet card for fuel purchases. Safeway, based in Pleasanton, Calif., operates a network of more than 290 fuel sites across the U.S., including Vons in

bp ceo vows safer refining operations

Hayward guides company towards new commitment. BP CEO Vows for Safer Operations Hayward guides company towards new commitment. Tony Hayward, BP’s recently inaugurated CEO, has had his hands full. With a refinery explosion in Texas City killing 15 people, a major pipe busting in Alaska and delays with the set up of platforms in the

shell launches promotion for cardholders

“Earn 25 cents per gallon” campaign kicks off. Shell Oil Products US has launched its “Earn 25 cents per gallon” promotion to reward new Shell Credit Card consumer account holders for their fuel purchases. Between July 2nd and Sept. 30th, customers that open a new Shell Credit Card account will be eligible to earn 25

citgo adds dtn tabs service

Customer service system helps manage credit limitations and product allocations at the terminal. CITGO Petroleum Corp. expanded its partnership with DTN by adding its TABS service. DTN TABS, a system that helps suppliers manage inventory and credit limits, will help CITGO provide systematic and consistent control of product lifting across all channels of trade at

sheetz gives out free gas

ATM customer wins Z-card to promote recent partnership with M&T Bank. Sheetz Inc. and MT Bank are celebrating the success of the partnership that allows customers who withdraw cash from any MT Bank ATM machine at Sheetz, regardless of their own bank-to access their money without incurring a surcharge. Since the partnership began in March

changing of the guard at bp

Conn replaces Manzoni as chief executive of refining and marketing. BP has appointed Iain Conn has been appointed chief executive of the company’s refining and marketing business starting June 1, 2007. He replaces John Manzoni who is leaving BP after 24 years’ service. Manzoni has agreed with the board that, following a three-month handover period,

murphy closes 47 stations

Six stores located adjacent to Wal-Mart get the axe. Murphy USA will be closing 47 gas stations, six of which are located near Wal-Mart stores in Iowa. The stores to be shut down include the Waverly, Independence, Marshalltown, Anamosa, Grinnell and Le Mars locations, according to the Associated Press. The company entered an agreement April

kwik trip encourages safe driving

Chain teams with DriveCam to offer incentives to precautious teen drivers. Kwik Trip Inc. has teamed up with DriveCam, a driver risk management company, to reward teens in Minnesota and Wisconsin who are enrolled in the Teen Safe Driver Program (www.teensafedriver.com). DriveCam developed the Teen Safe Driver Program in conjunction with American Family Insurance to

western refining to close giant acquisition

FTC loses lengthy court battle to prevent the refining merger, plans appeal. After a long court battle, Western Refining Inc. won approval of its $1.13 billion purchase of Giant Industries Inc. after a U.S. judge denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) claim that the merger would increase gasoline prices in New Mexico. U.S. District Judge

chevron gets schooled on biofuels

New partnership with Texas A&M extends research on cellulose conversion. Chevron Corp. and the Texas AM Agriculture and Engineering BioEnergy Alliance have entered a research agreement to accelerate the production and conversion of crops for manufacturing ethanol and other biofuels from cellulose. Chevron unit Chevron Technology Ventures will support research initiatives over a four-year period

station owner protests prices

Wisconsin operator shutters fuel pumps for 24 hours. A Mequon, Wis. Mobil dealer shutter his gas pumps for 24 hours, hoping to start a movement aimed at convincing oil companies to lower their prices. “Somebody out there is making money at these prices, but not me,” Harvey Pollack, operator of the Towne Market Mobil, told

e85 spreads to brighten colo

Combined effort of several groups leads to more momentum for the corn-based fuel. Brighton, Colo. is being introduced to its first E85 ethanol-blend gas site, thanks to Western Convenience Stores. The new site is the 22nd E85 fueling site location in Colorado, according to the Northern Colorado Business Report. The station is the result of

fourteen pennsylvania gas stations fined for air pollution

Civil penalties from 2005 costs 11 stations $9,500 in total fines. The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has reported that 11 stations agreed to pay a total of $9,500 in fines for violations found in late 2005—three more agreed to pay $2,375 for violations found in 2006—for failing to properly maintain air pollution control devices

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