Local refineries prepare for possible steel worker union strikes

photo by Brandon Gouthier Photography

The United Steelworkers Union (USW), which repre­sents workers at 65 U.S. refin­eries that produce approxi­mately 64 percent of the oil in the U.S, called for work stop­page at nine U.S. refineries Sunday, Feb. 1 following failed negotiations in a nation­al oil contract that expired at midnight Saturday night.

None of the refineries affected by the work stoppage, however, are in Southeast Tex­as and currently the area has not seen strikes at refineries or at the USW Local No. 13-243 office on 11th Street.

Golden Triangle Reverse Trade Show

More than 500 people attended the Golden Triangle Reverse Trade Show on Jan. 29. The event was held at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur and was hosted by Golden Triangle Business Roundtable, Association of Chemical Industry of Texas, Texas Chemical Council, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, Associated Builders and Contractors of Southeast Texas, Industrial Safety Training Council and Industry of Southeast Texas.

Local counties vie for BP funds to protect wetlands, coastline


As BP heads into the third week of a civil trial in which U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier will assess Clean Water Act fines pertaining to the Deepwa­ter Horizon oil spill in 2010, Jefferson and Orange counties, along with their partners in the Chenier Plain Alliance, are poised to battle for their portions of the funds.

Crucial wetlands and coastline in the Chenier Plain, an enormous coastal eco-region sprawling be­tween Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas, are a priority for these counties, which plan to use BP funds to repair and revitalize these areas.

Renowned economist Ray Perryman talks oil prices and Texas economy in exclusive interview with Business Journal

Renowned economist and president of The Perryman Group Dr. Ray Perryman spoke with the Business Journal in an exclusive interview following The Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation’s Economic Forecast Breakfast, where he was a featured guest speaker Tuesday, Jan 6, about the current state of the Texas economy and what to expect in 2015.


Will we continue to see the price of oil decline in 2015, in your estimation?