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In the Heart of Hurricane Season, Harvey Helps Guide Preparations

hurricane preparedness  hurricane-harvey  safe operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 4, 2018

About this time a year ago, Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast were reeling from Hurricane Harvey, a monster storm that came ashore twice in less than a week, causing death and an estimated $125 billion in damage while inundating some parts of Texas with more than 60 inches of rain – a record for a U.S. weather event.

The natural gas and oil industry prepared for the storm to help minimize risk to critical energy infrastructure, including refineries and pipelines, and then was able to respond to the hurricane’s impacts, which helped limit supply disruptions and aided the recovery.

Our industry’s experiences last year help guide readiness this year. With Tropical Storm Gordon landing on the Gulf Coast and hurricane/storm activity in general picking up, safety tops the list of readiness goals.


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The Social License: We’re In This Together

community  Environment and Safety  environmental impact  Safety  hurricane-harvey  hurricane-irma  hurricane response  social-license-to-operate 

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace
Posted September 27, 2017

Our industry’s “social license to operate” – the broader public’s confidence that our companies’ work, operations and products serve society’s greater good – is based on a number of things, none more important this this:

These are our communities – where we work, live, play, learn and grow. We’re your neighbors. Our children go to school with your children. Our employees and their families care about where they work and live. Those are important reasons why safety, protecting the environment and public health, and giving back to communities are some of industry’s top priorities. All help sustain industry’s compact with other Americans to bring them energy in as safe and responsible a manner as possible.

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Hurricane Update: Fueling Those Who Fuel Our Communities

hurricane response  hurricane-harvey  hurricane-irma 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 19, 2017

We continue to see the best of the American spirit – neighbors helping neighbors across Texas and Florida as recovery efforts continue after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. When storms hit, there is a select group of people that works around the clock to keep the lights on or get them back running, or to respond to emergencies. There also are a select few who help fuel first responders and communities once recovery efforts begin.

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Hurricane Update: Infrastructure Resiliency Aids Recovery

Jack Gerard  infrastructure  hurricane-harvey  hurricane response  gasoline prices  hurricane-irma 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 8, 2017

With the impacts of Hurricane Irma still to be seen, today’s energy infrastructure network, innovations, technology and knowledge appear to have gained from past big-weather events allow some cautious optimism. That’s the conclusion of a pair of energy experts who briefed reporters during a conference call designed to provide context to the efforts of industry and communities to meet the challenges of a major storm.

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Hurricane Update: Three things you need to know about claims of fuel price gouging

florida  gasoline demand  gasoline supply  hurricane-harvey  hurricane-irma  hurricane response  refineries  retail price 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 8, 2017

With Hurricane Irma threatening Florida, here are three things you need to know related to claims of fuel price gouging:

1. Industry Does Not Condone Price Gouging
2. Gasoline Stations are largely owned by mom-and-pop retailers
3. Supply and Demand Influences Prices

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Hurricane Update: Focusing on Fuel Supplies Before Irma Arrives

hurricane response  florida  fuel supply  consumers  hurricane-harvey  hurricane-irma 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 7, 2017

As the Texas-Louisiana region continues its recovery from Hurricane Harvey, energy companies are making preparations for Hurricane Irma, which the National Hurricane Center projects could make landfall in Florida on Sunday. The big issue in Florida is consumer access to fuel. Companies are working with state and federal officials to meet needs.

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Hurricane Update: Supporting Our Workers During Recovery

hurricane response  hurricane-harvey  infrastructure  texas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 7, 2017

The humanitarian effort underway after Hurricane Harvey is showing Americans at their best. Communities across Texas have been battered by storm, with record-setting floods damaging or destroying more than 300,000 homes in the southeast part of the state. In Houston, home to 2.3 million people, the challenges of recovery are proving to be quite unique.

As families in one of the nation’s biggest corporate hubs began the arduous process of rebuilding, many have been able to turn to their employers for assistance. Energy companies have set up stations for employees to pick up emergency supplies, they’ve sent work crews to rip out drywall from flooded homes, and they’ve even provided helicopters to deliver water to families when the city of Beaumont’s water service failed.

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Harvey Update: Supporting Our Communities

hurricane response  hurricane-harvey  infrastructure  Safety 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 6, 2017

The safety, health and protection of people, the environment and communities are the top priorities for the natural gas and oil industry. Energy companies have thousands of employees and their families living in the areas impacted by Harvey. They were among those whose homes have been under water in Houston or destroyed in Port Arthur. And they are among the Americans who have been generously and courageously helping their neighbors by getting medical supplies to children in need, by clearing debris, collecting and distributing donations, and even showing up with an inflatable swan

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Harvey Update: Price Impacts and the Need for Patience, Consideration

hurricane response  consumers  gasoline supply  refineries  hurricane-harvey  oil supply 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 6, 2017

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports on rising gasoline prices in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and notes that the storm’s impact on prices is similar to the big hurricanes of 2005, Katrina and Rita. … EIA’s report underscores a number of points we’ve been making about the oil supply chain, of which the Texas-Louisiana region is part – especially the section of that chain that shows the path of refined products from refineries to retail outlets – and the need for patience as processes come back online.

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Harvey Update: Getting Our Facilities Back Online

hurricane response  hurricane-harvey  refineries  Safety  infrastructure 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 5, 2017

As the waters recede, the energy industry is inspecting and assessing its facilities.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.

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