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The US Labor Department have cited the Martin Operating Partnership refinery. The Occupational Safety and Heath Administration has proposed a US$ 126 900 fine for the facility. All allegations against the facility are to do with relief systems at the plant.


Due to continued labour problems, construction at the Reficar refinery has come to a halt. The US$ 6.47 billion facility is the country’s biggest ever construction project and is located near Cartagena. The strike started on Tuesday and ended Thursday and was between US labour union workers and the refinery owners. 12 000 workers involved with the plant construction project were affected by the halt in work.


Penalties worth more than US$ 500 000 have been issued against Delaware City oil refinery. The state’s environmental secretary for air pollution violations has issued the penalties. One payment of over US$ 450 000 will be paid to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as a cash penalty and a further US$ 69 000 is to be paid to cover investigation expenses. Air quality control violations included in this penalty charge go back to 2011 after a facility restart.

New Jersey

Renewable Energy Group, Inc., has announced that it is to offer biodiesel from its International Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) at the New York Harbour in Bayonne. This location is one of the world’s largest petroleum trading hubs.


Two environmental groups have spoken out in Utah saying that state regulators are not doing enough to clean up the air. The Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE) and the state’s chapter of the Sierra Club have a particular focus on the five Wasatch Front refineries. The latest instalment in this story is that the groups filed a stay with the Department of Environmental Quality to block the Tesoro refinery update.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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