Pipeline Outages Could Hurt Refiners

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The environmental effects of pipelines are all we hear about these days, but these iron conduits have a very substantial impact on oil prices. In this video, Fool contributors Aimee Duffy and Tyler Crowe discuss these effects, highlighting the current problem that mid-continent refiners are facing with the collapse of the Brent-WTI spread.

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  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 5:40 PM, leereece wrote:

    good day,

    it is my opinion that aimee is a front for shorts. she is pulling just anything out of the air in order to short midwestern refiners.

    first, how many pipeline outages are there?

    second, some oils are using trains.

    third, there is an overflow of oil at oklahoma hub.

    fourth, just because the brent/wti spread gets a little close does not necessarily mean that refiners will lose.

    fifth, are you shorting any of the mid refiners?


  • Report this Comment On July 01, 2013, at 9:50 PM, paultaut wrote:

    Pipelines smifelines who cares.

    Fact: Oil output is seeing levels not seen in decades. But we are still importing oil to meet our needs.

    Fact: In 1982 there were 301 refiners while today there are 149.....I can't verify my source because I don't remember where I read this.

    Put the two together and you get producers paying premiums to refiners just to get their oil refined.

    Its all about the refined product not the logistics.

  • Report this Comment On July 02, 2013, at 11:10 AM, sheltonclan wrote:

    This isn't an article (as the link promised)- from which I can scan and pick up the main points in just a few seconds. This is a video, a waste of my time in 9 out of 10 cases. Motley Fool - I get that some people are image-based thinkers, and prefer the video. Please print the transcript below the video, so word/verbal thinkers like me can speed through this and many other articles quickly.

    Thank you.

  • Report this Comment On July 08, 2013, at 7:56 AM, larvalbug wrote:

    Ditto the above comment re verbal info preferable to another video or reference to still more articles if we click another link, meanwhile omitting the meat of the issue. If you keep this up, MF, I'll stop clicking on your articles.


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