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Problems loom for Washington refineries

GasBuddy Blog -- It's been a tough year for Washingtonians and it's going to get tougher. Like many other states looking to replenish depleted resources that had been designated for transportation infrastructure; and specifically, long overdue highway and bridge repairs, officials there are looking to raise taxes.

Governor Chris Gregoire has proposed a tax of $1.50 per barrel on every barrel of oil processed by the state's oil refiners. Certain things roll down hill pretty fast and taxes are among them. If Washington's legislature passes that tax proposal, who do you think actually ends up paying it?

Even if that tax bill is defeated, refinery problems could push prices higher.

Washington's refinery production took a sharp...


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GOBUTLER
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2012 1:41:30 PM

Interesting....
driveagain
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2012 11:22:27 AM

Why are all these people wanting MORE money coming in? Isnt part of a budget eliminating the waste and crap from spending? Instead of asking for more money why not start just NOT spend money on waste? Stop spending it on things that are unnecessary? Eliminate the garbage. Go through the entire system and look at how things like the DOTs buy up stuff near the end of their fiscal year and then throw it away so they can argue for a higher budget at the new fiscal year?
Look at how much of your population is living on the system and require them to work in state ran facilities as janitors, laborers, assistants etc. ? Give them OJT instead of a hand out.
I know a lot of people that WONT work or get off state assistance BECAUSE they get paid better than a job. WTF?

And stop doing things that cause people to spend less because they HAVE less? Raise taxes? WHY?
We are already struggling. We are already maxed out on our own budgets.
Why even allow the oil companies to hurt the economy like this?
tes283
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 8:39:09 PM

We all will pay for it. Yet, I would rather pay for USA oil then ME oil.
GatorGuy
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 6:17:38 PM

Yeah, it's tough all over.
Rehorsehay
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 2:25:45 PM

Perfect example of the working man getting the @#$% squeezed out of him! What are these companies going to do when the working man has nothing left to give?
Rehorsehay
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 2:22:21 PM

Perfect example of the working man getting the #@$% squezed out of him! What are all thease companys going to do when the working man has noithing left to give?
orcar
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 1:59:51 PM

Washington has become a mini California.
alwaysridin88
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 1:32:46 PM

These politicians are clueless. Let's hurt the economy at a bad time. Vote them out!
KhelbenArunson
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 12:28:29 PM

Now is not the time to raise taxes.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:40:15 AM

There are way to many taxes.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:34:22 AM

spotterFL,
LOL !!!!
spotterFL
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:30:56 AM

To Rookie Author "Obama4Prez": I noticed you are from "The Land of Fruits and Nuts - CALIFORNIA!"
TXGasPriceSpy
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:28:35 AM

Some people are determined to see gas prices over $5.00 a gallon.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:28:31 AM

THANKS FOR THE ARTICAL.
Shane1936
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:28:13 AM

us4usa: "42 gallons per barrel / $1.50 = $.28 per gallon tax... This may be wrong??? "

Try $1.5/42gal=$0.036 per gal :-)
lowpet
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:25:55 AM

hopefully it won't pass but i'm glad i dont live there
Shane1936
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:22:14 AM

woburnspotter2: "So, if you think they are making billions - here is an opportunity for you . . scrape togeter some money, and . .. . "

That is precisely what I'm tempted to say to all of the clowns that think crude should still be selling for $30/bbl or less. :-)
planoiceman
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:22:14 AM

With a strike and a tax, that could push gasoline prices over $5.00 gal. Some state needs to build another refinery or 2. There is plenty of oil. Not enough refineries.
eights
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:20:13 AM

why do we always have too pay for our idiots in gov?
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:19:29 AM

If they need additional funds, they should close some of the loopholes in the tax code so that major corporations pay their fair share on profits. This will generate billions, and take some of the pressure off the little people.
njerald
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:17:24 AM

Liberal Queen Christine.......
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:17:03 AM

Must be her last term as Gov.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:15:59 AM

She's a Democrat...enough said!


[Edited by: Blackice at 3/27/2012 11:17:02 AM EST]
cmsense
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:15:25 AM

Big Oil controlling the price.
spotterFL
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:15:03 AM

ampinoy13: And she is a leftist Democrat!
TRAIN RIDER
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:14:44 AM

Keep jacking up prices until we kill the economy.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:13:13 AM

I like woburnspotter2's comments too, except for one thing...Chris Gregoire is a WOMAN.

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire
matthwbar
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:11:44 AM

Idiots....
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:10:38 AM

I don't even have to check. The Democrats MUST be in charge in the state of Washington.
Radicalrose
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:10:15 AM

so much for cheaper gas this summer...
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:09:56 AM

They can not raise their salaries with out raising taxes on something.... What better excuse can the have than the Oil situation......
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:09:05 AM

woburnspotter2,

Several good comments from you on this topic. Always great (and rare) to see intelligent posts!
Thanks
tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:08:02 AM

Whenever states cannot balance their budgets, they impose new or higher taxes. Washington has been raising taxes too much in the past. If all states would use fuel taxes for what they were intended for, the repair or replacement of roads and bridges, there would be no need for higher fuel taxes.
The Cherry Point refinery was on February 17th, processing Alaskan crude. Sometimes the refinery workers need to give a little to make sure the refinery is making a profit AND the refinery needs to be truthful about it! The workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals during the course of their refinery work and need continuing health coverage.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
yelobus
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:07:55 AM

Problems loom, period.
elink7
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:07:25 AM

Our refineries are so out dated and cost way to much to rebuild.
viperND
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:05:48 AM

!@#$
katmandue
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:05:11 AM

And the teapartiers/GOPBers keep shinning that taxes are to high on the richest Americans.
Obama4Prez
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:04:40 AM

Do I have some change for you
jadeusa
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:04:06 AM

Taxes get passed down to the consumers in all businesses.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:02:30 AM

Higher taxes for all -- we deserve what we elect
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:02:08 AM

ok
RonTheRunner77
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:01:57 AM

why is there so many problems with refineries this year ?
GManCo
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:01:18 AM

When will governments stop spending!!
flyfast
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:00:52 AM

WE WILL BE PAYING MORE FOR GAS
GreenLegend
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:00:16 AM

Why??
What was the previous money spent on??
What pork, or handouts to buy votes?
Where are the reserves for infrastructure???
Poor planning or worse - negligence.
Ready Eddie
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:59:15 AM

Driving gas prices higher to motivate us to greener crap.
Emmamae1
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:58:25 AM

refinery problems always led to higher gas prices.
crazycow2332
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:57:46 AM

ok
us4usa
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:57:24 AM

42 gallons per barrel / $1.50 = $.28 per gallon tax... This may be wrong???
VernonOR
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:56:53 AM

All this does is affect the average working person.
guru36525
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:56:49 AM

Break out the barrels---both of them!
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