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As Hurricane Florence Approaches

hurricanes  fuels  safety standards  consumers  hurricane preparedness 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 13, 2018

As officials at the National Hurricane Center monitor the projected path of Florence, here are a few things to know about industry’s preparations and the critically important fuel supply chain.

First, industry’s focus – as with all impactful storms – is safety and keeping the market well-supplied, including storm-affected areas. The nation’s fuel supply system is large, geographically diverse and adaptable – and in the past has responded to minimize disruptions.


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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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Record Refinery Performance Lends Confidence for Hurricane Season

hurricane preparedness  refinery capacity  consumers  fuel supply 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted August 16, 2018

As we head into what historically is the heart of the annual hurricane season, America’s refiners have never been in a stronger position to deliver the fuels we all need – which is good news for consumers.

According to API’s Monthly Statistical Report (MSR), the refining industry in June eclipsed 18 million barrels per day (b/d) of liquid fuels processed in distillation units and has remained on track for its strongest year on record.

Indeed, the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that refinery runs will average 16.9 million b/d this year and 17 million b/d in 2019 – both of which would be records, surpassing the 2017 annual average of 16.6 million b/d.

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Hurricane Season is Preparation Season

hurricane preparedness  safe operations  oil and natural gas  offshore operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 22, 2018

Hurricane Season 2018 finds our industry, the refinery and pipeline sectors and associated industries prepared to protect energy production facilities and infrastructure that are vital to keeping Americans well supplied, even during severe weather conditions.

That was the message from natural gas and oil and other energy-related sectors during a conference call with reporters. The 2017 hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, confirmed the importance of pre-event training, established emergency protocols, coordinated communications and overall preparation – which our industry and others already are undertaking as June 1, the official start of hurricane season, approaches. API was joined on the call by the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), American Gas Association (AGA), Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA).  

Major weather events test preparations; we and our energy partners are focused on being as prepared as possible for this season. 

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Hurricane Preparedness, Safety and Response

hurricane preparedness  hurricane response 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 25, 2017

Hurricane Harvey is moving through the Gulf of Mexico, home to nearly 20 percent of total U.S. crude oil production, and toward the Texas coast, where more than 25 percent of U.S. refining capacity is located. We don’t know exactly where the storm will come ashore, but since the Gulf Coast is the largest domestic supplier of transportation fuels, a lot of people are watching its track.

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Hurricane Season = Preparedness Season

analysis  hurricane preparedness  refineries  oil and natural gas industry  infrastructure  offshore operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 9, 2015

With another hurricane season upon us, it’s timely to briefly review the ways the oil and natural gas industry is prepared for conditions that could impact industry operations, particularly in the Gulf Coast region and Gulf of Mexico – home to more than 45 percent of U.S. refining capacity and about 17 percent of the nation’s oil and 5 percent of its natural gas production.

While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting below-normal activity in the Atlantic region (which includes the Gulf), industry still takes a number precautions and has response plans in place in the event of a serious storm – wise, considering the potential impacts to facilities, regional and national economies and the environment.

You can read about this in detail in this hurricane fact sheet.

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Energy Today – June 4, 2013

alaska  exports  hurricane preparedness  imports  keystone xl pipeline  natural gas  oil pipeline  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 4, 2013

Fox Business Oil and Natural Gas Industry Readies for Hurricane Season

API’s Rayola Dougher stopped by Fox Business and outlined measures the industry takes to prepare its employees and facilities for the threats posed by hurricanes. “Worker safety is the industry’s top priority,” Dougher said.

CNN MoneyU.S. Steps Up Natural Gas Exports

With the Energy Department granting a second liquefied natural gas export license last month, the U.S. might soon see the approval pace quicken on the remaining export applications, CNN reports.

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Hurricane Ida in the Gulf

domestic energy  hurricanes  louisiana  outer continental shelf  hurricane preparedness 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 9, 2009

At least three oil companies announced yesterday they were shutting in some production as Ida began to bear down on oil and natural gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. BP, Chevron and Marathon reduced production and evacuated some of their offshore facilities. Also, the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) stopped offloading tankers as sea conditions began to deteriorate.

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 87 - Hurricane Preparedness

energy  gulf of mexico  hurricane preparedness  hurricanes  katrina  oil pipelines  fuel supply  gustav  hurricane season 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 4, 2009

In this week's episode, I talk with Al Mannato, fuels issues manager at API, about how the oil and natural gas industry plans to continue supplying fuels to the United States in the aftermath of hurricanes. 

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Did You Know It's Hurricane Season?

offshore drilling  hurricanes  hurricane preparedness  gulf of mexico  energy iq  energy  drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 2, 2009

There are 3,800 oil and natural gas production platforms and 74 operating drilling rigs in the federal, hurricane-prone waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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