petroleum http://michiganradio.org en Fire breaks out at Marathon refinery in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/fire-breaks-out-marathon-refinery-detroit <p>A Marathon Petroleum spokesman says no one was hurt after a fire at a refinery in Detroit.</p><p>Shane Pochard tells The Associated Press the fire started Saturday evening in one of the smaller tanks at the Marathon Petroleum refinery. He says the fire has been put out and the cause is being investigated.<br><br>Pochard says no employees or contractors were injured. He says Marathon Petroleum has conducted extensive air monitoring in the neighborhood where the refinery is located and the area is safe.</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:24:56 +0000 Associated Press 12312 at http://michiganradio.org Fire breaks out at Marathon refinery in Detroit State tests: Mounds of oil refinery byproduct safe http://michiganradio.org/post/state-tests-mounds-oil-refinery-byproduct-safe <p>DETROIT (AP) - Tests by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality have found that hulking black mounds along the banks of the Detroit River in southwest Detroit don't pose a threat to human health.</p><p>The petroleum coke, or pet coke, mounds are a byproduct of oil refining used in energy production. The material has been brought by trucks from the nearby Marathon Petroleum Co. refinery, and the mounds drew attention starting earlier this year.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/ZBCQx8">The Detroit News</a> reported the MDEQ's findings Friday.</p><p>Area residents, the Canadian government and U.S. lawmakers are among those concerned about potential pollution and health effects.</p><p>Findlay, Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum says the pet coke stored along the Detroit River is no longer owned by the company. If stored properly, however, Marathon says pet coke poses no environmental concerns. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:35:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12222 at http://michiganradio.org State tests: Mounds of oil refinery byproduct safe Lots of unknowns as petroleum coke piles up along Detroit River http://michiganradio.org/post/lots-unknowns-petroleum-coke-piles-along-detroit-river <p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130313/NEWS01/303130118/Growing-mounds-of-petroleum-coke-raise-fears-along-Detroit-River">Large piles of petroleum coke along the Detroit River</a> have sparked concern from citizens and environmental groups.</p><p>The “petcoke” is a byproduct of the crude oil refinement process. This petcoke comes from the nearby Marathon oil refinery.</p><p>It’s really started piling up on two sites along the Detroit River only recently, as the nearby Marathon oil refinery has expanded to process more crude oil from the Alberta tar sands.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:13:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11715 at http://michiganradio.org Why are Michigan's gas prices so high? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-are-michigans-gas-prices-so-high <p>We&rsquo;ve been hearing for weeks about gas prices rising around the country.&nbsp;</p><p>The national average reached&nbsp;$3.909 today according to AAA&rsquo;s <a href="http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp">Daily Fuel Gauge Report</a>.</p><p>Michigan, with an average of $4.116, is more than 20 cents higher than the national average.</p><p>When we tweeted the new state and national&nbsp;gas prices on Wednesday, one of our Twitter friends asked why&nbsp;Michigan&#39;s average was&nbsp;higher.</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 18:17:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2285 at http://michiganradio.org Why are Michigan's gas prices so high?