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United Refining reduces Pa. refinery output

United Refining Co.’s Warren, Pa., refinery has reduced output by 35 percent to 40 percent and may run out of crude oil by Aug. 15, Chief Executive Officer John Catsimatidis said.

A “large amount” of the refinery’s crude oil is supplied through the Enbridge Energy Partners LP pipeline that was shut July 26 after a leak near Marshall, Mich., according to a United Refining statement.

The Transportation Department rejected Enbridge’s proposal to return the line to service Aug. 10, according to an e-mail message from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The plan does not “adequately provide” for the safe restart of the pipeline, the agency said.

“If it goes on for much longer, you’re going to see big signs outside that say, ‘Out of Gas,'” Catsimatidis said. The refinery can process about 70,000 barrels of crude a day, he said.

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