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    Where are all these tank cars going to come from? I don’t believe there are a surplus of heated, insulated tank cars just sitting around in surplus.

  • in reply to: Obama Loses His First Debate on Energy #4698

    Chris Cottrell
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    Heres an interesting little tidbit. I live fifty miles north of Wichita, Kansas in a town alongside I-135. I-135 branches off of I-35 at Wichita and runs straight north to I-80 in Nebraska. Several times a month I have occasion to take I-135 down to Wichita. For over a year now, whenever I make the trip in daylight, I count the number of northbound rigs I meet carrying drill pipe, casing, pump jacks, etc. I consistently average four to six trucks in less than an hours time. While I have no way of knowing for sure, I think almost all of that equipment is headed for the Bakken. If I’m seeing that many loads each time in just a few trips a month, imagine how many are going north that I don’t see. I know one thing. If I was young and single, I’d be packing up and headed north myself.

  • in reply to: Valero Statement on Keystone P/L #4719

    Chris Cottrell
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    Don’t know how much truth there is to it, but a lot of the anti Keystone arguments I have heard lately center around the notion that some of the Gulf Coast refiners (Valero especially) want the Canadian crude in order to export to other Countries. This seems ludicrous to me in light of the recent start ups of export oriented refineries in Brazil, India, etc who are starting to flood this Country with refined product but it carries some currency in the public mind and whether it is true or not, it is very hurtful to those who are trying to get the pipeline approved.

  • in reply to: China angry at US Sanctions Oil firm over Iran Crude #4746

    Chris Cottrell
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    Look at the smirks on both their faces. They know that despite the tough talk coming from Washington, we will cave eventually.

  • in reply to: Contract Worker killed Motiva Pt Arthur Refinery #5659

    Chris Cottrell
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    Don’t forget the Deep South Crane and Rigging employee who lost his life three years ago at the Coffeyville Resources Refinery during a turnaround. He was crushed by counter weights while assembling a large crane.
    Also, I recently came across some photos of a 150 foot tall crude tower being stood up at the refinery where I work in 1968. There was no crane. They had a derrick secured by guy wires next to the tower base and the tower was raised and set using cables and winches. All this in a state where a 35 MPH wind is considered a gentle breeze.

  • in reply to: Tesoro Blast Brings Memories Shell Coker Fire #5693

    Chris Cottrell
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    Sorry. I posted late last night after a long weekend. I should have said OSHA, not EPA.

  • in reply to: Tesoro Blast Brings Memories Shell Coker Fire #5694

    Chris Cottrell
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    Once again, the liberal media lies through its teeth about how wonderful their hero obama is and how awful their hated villain President George W. Bush was. I know this is not a site for politics, but I can’t help it when they print falsehoods as truth. Anybody who has even a passing knowledge of the refining industry knows that the Bush Administration and the EPA reacted very strongly after the 2005 Texas City explosion and loss of life.
    Apparently Mr. Nalder and his superiors at Hearst Newspapers want to perpetuate that old myth that only Democrats care about workers well being and that Republicans are in the pocket of the big oil companies. I hope some other people call them on this crap.

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