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The future of oil refining in Houston and the Gulf Coast increasingly belongs to the pipeline. Refineries are embracing domestic oil flowing mostly through pipelines from the nation's bounteous shale fields, after counting for years on tankers full of imported crude.
The widened Panama Canal - scheduled to be completed in 2015 - will allow for the transit of ships carrying up to 12,600 20-foot shipping containers, more than double the current maximum of 5,100. The major implication of this expansion for the United States will be increased access for larger ships at East Coast ports.