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US shale oil reviving East Coast refineries

Boston Globe -- A year ago, the shutdown of several refineries serving the Northeast and the possibility they would not reopen threatened to boost New England’s already­ high gasoline prices by as much as 15 cents a gallon. But an influxof cheaper crude oil extracted from shale rock formations in the United States has helped save most of those facilities and stabilized gas ­prices.

The revival of the East Coast refineries is another example of how the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is changing the energy equation for the region, nation, and world.

Just as fracking opened vast reserves of natural gas over the past decade, it is now unlocking crude oil trapped in shale deposits. It is so dramatically increasing domestic production that the United States is pro..


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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:55:11 PM

US shale oil reviving East Coast refineries, the refinieries should have never been shut down in the first place. Fracking may get that extra natural gas out of the rock formations but what will happen to the above and underground water quality? Once that water is 'tainted,' there's no going back!
More oil for the refineries but Big Oil and Big Gas sells fuel and natural gas on the world market for higher prices.
The US ‘oil and natural gas resources’ belong to the citizens of this country and are to be used by those same citizens! The price at the pump needs to go down to $2/gallon - *$3, *$3.50/gallon or *$4.00 is Not the new low!
More Refineries are Not the answer, Stop exporting fuel is!
Take care of the domestic fuel market first and above all else!
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 4:51:14 AM

Gasprice: that's be nice.. doubt it though.
GasPriceHelp4u
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 5:58:16 AM

Let the refineries get up and run and hopefully drive the gas prices down!!!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 5:56:49 AM

let's remanufacture / rebuild what's there and keep them running for a change.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 7:00:13 AM

we need better running refineries that don't shut down every time a roach runs into some nook or cranny.
jethro5000
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 6:05:46 AM

Good
kgbellman
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:39:04 PM

Great for the refineries, and therefore us, but not sure I like it living off of fracking
EvPv
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:30:48 PM

From 2008 to 2012 I went only bicycle for daily commuting here in Maine, yet the only stock I did not sell off we my ExxonMobil stock.

I never rail against what a company charges for their product. If I do not like the price, I do not buy it.
DEG
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:27:16 PM

The US needs to be building refineries and not shutting them down.
furiousfowl
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:27:13 PM

good deal
Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:25:30 PM

open a refinery ....
tedjm1
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:24:54 PM

Maybe they may open one refinery.
vibdata
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:24:38 PM

Gas prices are soaring. More than 50 cents a gallon over the past few weeks. So what do more refineries do? Line the pockets of BIG OIL with gold.
crreed1
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:20:53 PM

gas is still going up
3.91 here
DrGasPain
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:19:35 PM

More pipelines to feed the refineries with new domestic crude, please.
Zonk
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:19:35 PM

Old but, good news.
CivicMA
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:18:01 PM

It would be good to reopen those refineries.
ssect8
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:17:59 PM

Hopefully more refineries will lower the prices but I'm not holding my breath for that to happen very soon.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:16:31 PM

Okay.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:16:12 PM

Won't lower prices in the near future.
boatfloyd
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:15:44 PM

Oil is everywhere. We just have to pump it.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:15:43 PM

They certainly need the restoration
mlmeng
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:15:23 PM

Well said stratlinetime.
Quick68
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:15:10 PM

PrinceLH I disagree with you on this one. As long as we have greedy & corrupt lawmakers in this country we will always have high gas prices.
sehonda
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:13:19 PM

anything for cheap energy...
PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:12:43 PM

Sooner or later, the overabundance of domestic oil, will result in lower prices. It's the governments job to force the oil companies to sell their refineries to other interests, so they can't manipulate the price.
JENNYHK
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:11:50 PM

Bad for water.
EVBuddy
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:10:55 PM

Nice for East Coast refineries
stratlinetime
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:10:13 PM

And still gas prices continue to rise
heartbroken2010
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:08:45 PM

careful with this fracking.
gasmack
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:08:44 PM

Good news. Spread it to the West Coast.
Prodaddy
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:08:15 PM

Prices are sky high right now
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:08:09 PM

Ban fracking.
Rooster922
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:07:40 PM

No really
Brucevanf
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:07:14 PM

Bring it on
mcbrownie220
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:06:25 PM

ok
RAKARWOWSKI
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:06:10 PM

Prices still on the rise.
FortVancouver01
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:06:09 PM

I sure hope our two countries are considering the long term consequences of hydraulic fracking... If we are not careful they may be at least as significant as what we are dealing with in atomic stuff.
JasTheAce
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:05:05 PM

good
Matt G
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:01:47 PM

So lower the as prices
SUSANCK
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:59:50 PM

ok.
southrob
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:59:07 PM

dhan quick
FortVancouver01
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:57:12 PM

Stabilized gas prices..?? Someone must have a different definition than what I understand it to mean.
us4usa
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:56:17 PM

I guess the question could be how high would New England's gas prices be without Fracking???
snagged
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:55:36 PM

This is awesome.
PissedATthePump
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:53:30 PM

A re-hash story
sickhp
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:49:09 PM

Drill baby drill in all of America.
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:47:28 PM

Ban fracking.
kcboy
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:43:54 PM

Good
prorodeo2012
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:43:25 PM

great news
blazerbob91
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:41:27 PM

Why are gas prices still going up?
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