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As Hurricane Michael Approaches

hurricanes  hurricane preparedness  safety standards  fuels  consumers 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted October 10, 2018

As officials at the National Hurricane Center monitor the projected path of Michael (below, as of Wednesday afternoon), here are a few things to know about industry’s preparations and the critically important fuel supply chain.

As with all impactful storms, industry’s focus is first and foremost safety and keeping the market well-supplied, including storm-affected areas. The nation’s fuel supply system is large, geographically diverse and adaptable – and has a history of responses that minimize disruptions.


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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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Hurricane Season Preparedness

hurricanes  pipelines  refinery 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 3, 2013

Fox Business News reports that because of surging shale energy development, overall oil production in the U.S. has become less susceptible to disruption from Gulf of Mexico hurricanes – even as the hurricane season officially opened over the weekend. Fox:

The U.S. is less dependent on production in the federal Gulf of Mexico, where hurricanes are more likely to cause disruptions. In 1997, 26% of the nation’s natural gas was produced there. By 2012, the Gulf of Mexico’s share fell to 6%. Oil production has also made a big shift to inland basins, thanks to booming shale plays in North Dakota and Texas.  The Gulf’s share of crude oil production in the U.S. narrowed to 19% last year from 26% in 2007 to 2011.Therefore, the impact of hurricanes on oil and natural gas production has been lessened by the shale oil boom taking place further inland.

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High Stakes in the Gulf

access  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  deepwater moratorium  drilling ban  energy policy  gulf drilling  gulf energy production  gulf of mexico  gulf oil production  hurricanes  offshore drilling  drilling ban lifted  hurricane alex 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 30, 2010

About one-quarter of U.S. oil production and nearly 10 percent of natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in due to Hurricane Alex, the first June hurricane to develop in the Atlantic region since 1995. 

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As "Alex" Grows, Skimmers Stop Work

bp  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  energy policy  gulf drilling  gulf of mexico  hurricane alex  hurricanes  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 29, 2010

The U.S. Coast Guard and BP sent oil skimming boats back to port this morning as Tropical Storm Alex gained strength and threatened to become the first Gulf hurricane of 2010. 

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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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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 82 - Hurricane Preparedness for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

energy  energy policy  gulf coast  gulf of mexico  hurricane preparedness  hurricanes  offshore drilling  podcast  coast 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 26, 2009

In this week's episode, I talk with Tim Sampson, manager for exploration and production at API, and Roland Goodman, manager of upstream standards at API, about how the oil and natural gas industry prepares for storms during hurricane season.

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