Watching Government: Firm cheers refining bill

Now that the House has passed a bill aimed at encouraging additions to US refining capacity, how do officials at Arizona Clean Fuels LLC feel?“We’re extremely positive and optimistic,” spokesman Ian Calkins responded. “It would help us significantly with the state and federal permits we need to get, to the extent that the process is streamlined and to the extent that there’s a greater sense of urgency.”The Arizona group is trying to build a 150,000 b/d refinery east of Yuma for about $3.1 billion, with the actual refinery budgeted at $2.5 billion and associated crude oil pipeline, pumping station, and Gulf of California port costing $600 million. So far...

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