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Lawmakers worry about East Coast refining capacity

Reuters -- With the East Coast poised to lose 50 percent of its oil refining capacity, three members of Congress on Monday worried that while the country is producing more of its own crude oil, it might grow more dependent on other countries for gasoline and diesel fuel.

Pennsylvania Congressman Pat Meehan hosted a panel of energy experts for a field meeting in Aston, Pennsylvania, of the Committee on Homeland Security.

Meehan and two other legislators, Congressmen John Carney from neighboring Delaware and Mike Fitzpatrick from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, peppered the experts with questions about fuel prices and logistics as well as national security.


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Submitted Mar 21, 2012 By: Mudsprings
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TheSnowstorm
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:31:29 PM

Talk about a potential reversal of goods and services flow. Nothing makes sense anymore.
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PoohMcGoo
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:29:57 PM

They're only worried about it because they're worried about getting re-elected..
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:25:47 PM

Not too sure about this!!
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saleboss
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:22:15 PM

Why is the East Coast losing 50% of its refining???
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:16:37 PM

SCREWED AGAIN!
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CPGas1815
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:14:53 PM

I read an article this morning that reported all of the Crude Oil being produced is put on Global market. So if you think we are going to "Drill Baby Drill" we will still not get any relief at the pump.
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MDTDriver
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:07:54 PM

Fuel price are the nost important!
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themaninthehat
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:03:32 PM

"Homeland Security?" the ultimate illusion.
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GRCummins53
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:03:26 PM

It's a shame refineries are being closed rather rebuilt and updated. Environmentalists will block any new refinery permitting, so these closed refineries are lost forever. There was a story a few weeks back stating that these refineries might be dismantled and moved to other countries.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:01:02 PM

So why is Congress pushing Keystone XL? Wouldn't it make more sense to pipe Canadian crude to the East Coast, where they need more oil, than to the Gulf, which already has plenty?

[Edited by: rjhenn at 3/21/2012 7:01:41 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:59:41 PM

Too many are shutting down at once causing us to pay more!
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ok
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We need more alternatives
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Greed Rules
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quite exporting our own oil and we will only be dependent on ourselves
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:50:54 PM

It's not up to the legislators (Congress or the states) to regulate refining capacity. They have to allow the oil companies (yes, Big Oil) to build or repair their refineries into a profitable entity. The alternative is for the residents to pay for fuel to be shipped (by tanker, train or truck) in from other regions.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:44:47 PM

We need less worrying and more action from these legislators.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:43:56 PM

AMAZINGLY, the owners of those refineries are claiming nearly all time highs in profits. The sole and ONLY reason they are closing them is to maximize their profits and do what monopolies do, get as much money as quickly as possible then throw a propaganda screen out telling everyone---IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT.
Alternatives and electrification of vehicles is the ONLY answer.
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just pass a law: "Put America First" so nothing gets sold before Americans are served first...
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:39:12 PM

where is the revenue going for refineries not tom make any money
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:38:20 PM

How can you shut down 50% of your refining capacity? It does not make sense, unless you are trying to drive the price up.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:37:33 PM

This is interesting; I wonder what can be done if refineries simply can't afford to stay in operation.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:37:05 PM

I have chosen to look for fuel at stations other than Sunoco since they chose to shut refineries and this caused prices to increase. So I have decided to vote with my dollars and purchase my gas from other companies.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:33:49 PM

This brings back some painful memories of the gas pinch that hit the Southeast several years ago. I will never forget the long lines at the handful of stations with gas, cars following tankers and running out of fuel, and the occasional fisticuffs.
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Welcome to our world.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:30:19 PM

Congress might actually have to walk to work?? I'd pay money to see that.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:28:50 PM

Why do they do so many at once.
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This is a big problem.
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Why worry, big brother will look after us.
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Whatever, this article is not useful to us.
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So am I.
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I am too.
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relax
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:22:10 PM

Looks like they figured out that the cart doesn't go in front of the horse afterall.
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Okay.
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Thanks for posting this article!
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great
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Good for the lawmakers. I hope their worry will help.
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China is readying itself too swoop in and save the day...
pretty soon USA "Republic of China"
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Guess we are outsourcing gas now!
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when lawmakers get involved the east coast will be swirling the bowl
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ok
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It's all about Greed. Congress is stupid at best and being played by Big Oil. No surprise there.
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oh joy
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Department of Homeland Security. Should never have created that screwed up organization Mr. Bush.
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why does the simple law of demand and supply not apply to oil prices?
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It makes better sense to build a large new refinery in North USA like North Dakota for the canadians Shale oil and ship the refined products by pipeline or truck instead of the XL corrosive, sinking, hard to cleanup bitimus Shale Oil pipline. Kinder-Morgan has been doing this for decades From California refinerys to Reno and Las Vegas metro areas.
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Ugh.
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this is soo sad...we are all being thrown under the bus.
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I'm sure it will cost us no matter what.
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if lawmakers get involved we are going to get screwed again
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not good
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