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Demise of small Hess refinery threatens U.S. East Coast pump pain

Reuters -- Hess Corp's (HES.N) decision to close its U.S. East Coast refinery, the latest plant to fall victim to weak profits in the Atlantic Basin, could threaten painful gasoline price spikes for regional drivers as local fuel supplies dwindle further.

Hess will shut the 70,000-barrels-per-day Port Reading, New Jersey plant in late February, as part of a larger restructuring, the company said in a statement on Monday.

U.S. RBOB gasoline futures, already near a record high for this time of year, jumped more than 2 percent after the announcement, as the supply outlook for the Mid-Atlantic and New England markets suddenly looked tighter for the summer driving season.

A tighter East Coast gasoline market could mean national gasoline prices hit $4 a gallon by the spring if...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 8:09:06 AM

so, is that the excuse to raise gas prices nearly 20 cents around here?
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 5:59:01 AM

hpm: has not even anything to do w/ the administrations (see August 2008 when fuel prices hit well above $4/gal. Oh, yea,... that was under Bush43, btw).
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Obama wants the price of gasoline to go way up to force consumers to move toward alternative fuels.
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We must be punished for using carbon fuel.
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They are all on the obama team. Screw the American people.
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10k
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:42:05 AM

if we are talking wilco/hess, then not only will i lose a great deal of my reporting stations (those suckers are a dime a dozen in this area), but i presume unless sheetz can replace them around here, there will be alot of unhappy gas customers..

not me though, cause they sell ethanol crap, and i don't use ethanol crap in my car..
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:39:06 AM

Thank you Obama and the EPA.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:38:28 AM

The US should be building new refineries.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:34:28 AM

This is crooked. We're exporting gas as fast as we can. This keeps our price rising.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:31:22 AM

Let me wipe my tears.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:31:00 AM

The dominos are starting fall...
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:26:56 AM

BS
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:26:43 AM

another stay at home season
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:26:15 AM

Bull!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:25:56 AM

this could turn out to be not so good in the long term
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:24:41 AM

"the latest plant to fall victim to weak profits in the Atlantic Basin, could threaten painful gasoline price"

After a decade of RECORD PROFITS, the close refineries as soon as profits as NOT INCREASING! 10 BILLION a quarter is not ENOUGH FOR BIG OIL, the have to keep GETTING MORE!

TIME TO REINSTATE REGULATIONS to limit what they can do to SCREW AMERICA!!
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Someone takeover...
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:23:18 AM

Looks like another summer close to home.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:23:00 AM

repeat
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:22:38 AM

Not good for the Eastern Seaboard.....
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:20:53 AM

just great for NJ, NOT!
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:20:01 AM

The demise of the small Hess refinery is the doing again of our government to keep the price of gas & oil up.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:18:32 AM

don't tell me they're shipping all the crude to China for processing!
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It's all about the money.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:18:13 AM

Gadzooks!!! This isn't until 4 more weeks but the prices jumped up today.

Looks like I picked a bad week to quit sniffing glue...
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:17:46 AM

I'll never believe a small refinery isn't profitable.Why close it?SELL it to someone that can turn a profit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:16:58 AM

Sorry. Need new refineries in the East but not with current EPA.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:16:19 AM

so that's why prices spiked over the weekend? ok, thank you, news article!
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:15:25 AM

Must keep East coast prices as highest in nation.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:14:38 AM

b.s.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:13:10 AM

One excuse is as good as another.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:12:28 AM

I agree gocatgo
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:12:21 AM

2nd time for this story.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:12:08 AM

Seems like last spring everyone was warning about $5+ prices.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:11:01 AM

Bad luck.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:07:30 AM

Big Oil is doing there part to lower gasoline supplies to boost prices up.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:06:30 AM

Please
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:06:22 AM

Oil company cutting back so they can charge more while making and spending less!!
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:04:05 AM

wow what a surprise
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:02:50 AM

another well managed refinery(ies)???
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:02:46 AM

Great idea, @wayoung56. We'll let Big Oil know you're interested in their using your land. A survey crew will be over in the morning.

In all seriousness, who's going to build these new refineries? Big Oil is SHUTTING DOWN the ones they have.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:00:09 AM

Understand something, @mstearno. Big Oil is NOT interested in job creation. If they could automate every facet of oil exploration, production, and distribution, they would.

Please explain to me how restricting fuel supplies domestically in favor of exporting petroleum products helps the American consumer.

Big Oil is NOT interested in lowering gas prices, which would lower the cost of transportation in this country. They ARE interested in maximizing profits... for them.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:00:02 AM

Not again.
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Thank you Mr. President.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:57:40 PM

Whats the latin word for hosed?................................yea that's it CHENEY
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:57:08 PM

If the oil companies continue to squeeze the profit out of refining oil may be soon there will no refineries left to buy the oil. That would be justice toward the oil companies and oil speculators. Unfornuately, the rest of us would suffer or have to start using alternate energy.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:52:16 PM

Maybe an airline will buy this one too, or others will expand capacity.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:43:36 PM

Unfortunately it was not an efficient or profitable refinery!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:42:46 PM

Aviator Rob
creating jobs in energy is how big oil helps us
How about a little help from an economics class
supply and demand
if we had more jobs big oil would make even more money because people (well most) would drive to work... Would that be bad?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:42:24 PM

Going to be toUGH IN New England this summer :(
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