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Harvey Update: Getting Our Facilities Back Online

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 5, 2017

The energy-rich Gulf region impacted by Hurricane Harvey faces a long road to recovery. With thousands displaced from their homes and many Houston neighborhoods still underwater, a tremendous humanitarian effort is underway.

As the waters recede, the energy industry is inspecting and assessing its facilities. As of Monday eight refineries that had been shut down to help ensure safety had begun the complex process of restarting. Those eight have a combined refining capacity equal to 18.3 percent of total Gulf Coast capacity or 9.6 percent of total U.S. capacity. Affected pipelines, including the Colonial Pipeline, also are being restored. Colonial continues to ship as much gasoline and other refined products as available from Louisiana-based refineries and other refineries on the Colonial system east of Lake Charles, La., and will continue doing so as markets return to normal.

The industry’s goal, as always, is to keep the marketplace well-supplied while ensuring the highest level of safety. Here’s some of the latest news as our energy infrastructure gets back online: 

First trucks start loading at our reopened Houston terminal.

Posted by ExxonMobil on Friday, September 1, 2017

Loading tankers with fuel now at our reopened terminal in Pasadena, TX east of Houston. #backtowork #HoustonStrong

Posted by Phillips 66 on Saturday, September 2, 2017


Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.