Gasoline prices

Can someone enlighten us as to which refinery/s our gasoline in El Paso comes from?

Is there a supply and demand reason that explains why our gasoline prices have gone up after the disaster in Houston?

Doesn’t our crude oil come from Midland/Odessa and our gasoline from the El Paso refinery?

We deserve better

Brutus

12 Responses to Gasoline prices

  1. mark maes says:

    from what i know, the majority of the gas we get comes from western refining plant in farmington, gallup and aztec new mexico. foster supplies all giant and allsups in new mexico. The company is headquartered in El Paso, Texas;[11] its refineries are located in El Paso, Gallup, New Mexico, and St. Paul Park, Minnesota. These refineries have a combined crude oil processing capacity of approximately 242,500 barrels per day (38,550 m3/d).[12] A majority of products produced at these refineries are light products, consisting of gasoline, diesel fuel, and jet fuel. All four refineries have truck loading terminals. The El Paso refinery delivers to a number of other markets via pipeline.[13]

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  2. anon says:

    It’s really quite simple. They raise prices because they can. Refineries and retailers have always raised prices based on anticipated tightening of supply, not actual current supply levels. Some of their excuses for price increases are just that, excuses fabricated to try to make you feel less pissed off and so that you will not view them as greedy.

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  3. Tim Holt says:

    Maybe someone can explain this: When the price of a barrel of oil goes up on the commodities market, oil that won’t reach us in the form of gasoline for six weeks or more, the price of the gasoline in the tanks in the ground of the 7-11s or any store actually, goes up immediately in response.
    The gas in the tanks has already been paid for at a lower price. So why does the price go up now for gas that won’t arrive for several weeks?

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  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s just El Paso. Like everything else here, gas cost more here, ALWAY, than the rest of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, many other states. Left the Austin area the Monday morning after the hurricane. Paid $2.02 for 87 oct. gas. By the time I got to El Paso, was already $2..49 for 86oct. The LOWER grades cost MORE in El Paso than HIGHER grades any where else. When gas prices increase, they change in a matter of minutes, hours in El Paso. When they DROP, takes DAYS to change prices. It’s just El Paso .

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  5. Anonymous says:

    There was a story in the media about this some time ago. Seems the local refinery processes heavy sulfurous(sour) crude from Mexico and Central/South America, returning the products to those countries. Heavy lube oil, the makings for asphalt, and other lubricants are distributed domestically. Our gasoline comes from Houston, Big Springs, Louisiana, and maybe Oklahoma. Seems stupid, yes? We haven’t had local gas produced here since Standard Oil and Shell closed up their sides of the refinery, selling pieces of it to Western. The price jump does reflect the lack of “product” coming in to the various tank farms around since the pipelines were cleared just prior to the storm. The instant high prices we are seeing are the results of profiteering by the franchisees.

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  6. Any way you look at it, this has to be simple price gouging. Valero owns that tank farm out Montana, don’t they? And, the company is still owned out of Amarillo, no? Alon (formerly known as Fina) certainly does not need to rely on Houston, either, does it? We do know that Western Refining product is sold locally, because we have seen their trucks delivering locally (and, local branded trucks going in and out of their refinery).

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  7. Chico says:

    Brutus,

    I’ve heard that the gas refined here is not sold in our gas stations. Think it goes to Phoenix.

    Likely there’s someone on the blog with a more official assessment.

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  8. Fred Borrego says:

    Some of the ELP gasoline comes from Western. Most of the 7-11 gasoline comes from BigSpring Tx refinery. Valero gas stations have their own sources. Just because we have a refinery smack in the middle of town doesn’t mean all our gasoline comes from there

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  9. The Oracle says:

    Our local El Paso Gasoline comes from our Billionaire friends (Western Refinery) that forced us to have Baseball Downtown at the expense of travelers and property taxpayers.
    It takes WEEKS and MONTHS for any reduction of pumping oil or refinery problems/ capacity/ to effect production or prices.
    Any “Instant” high prices are just Price Gouging with supplies already on hand.
    Making money is their game, at the expense of everyone else and taking advantage of hurricane victims.
    We are all NOW hurricane victims by Price Gouges at the pump.
    Paul Foster is to blame.

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