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The Impact of U.S. Crude Oil Production on Gulf Coast Crude Imports

Increased production of U.S. domestic crude oil, particularly light sweet crude from tight oil formations in Texas and North Dakota, has been replacing imports of foreign light crude oil processed by U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.  With Gulf Coast imports of heavier crude oil remaining steady, this shift in light crude supply from imports to domestic production has changed the average quality of crude oil imported into the U.S. Gulf Coast (PADD 3).

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