Hurricane’s impact raises concerns about concentration of refineries along Gulf coast

The New York Times reports the pounding from Hurricane Harvey on coastal Texas will probably be the biggest test so far of the risk of much of the nation’s oil refinery capacity and chemical production being concentrated along the Gulf of Mexico. Energy experts told the newspaper that Harvey’s impact “raises questions about the area’s role as a hub for such crucial and environmentally sensitive industries.” “Over the long term, the energy sector will have to consider the costs of additional hardening of the infrastructure on the Gulf Coast versus moving to a different location like the Eastern Seaboard,” said Michael E. Webber of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. For more, read the full story.

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