22 May 2007 19:49 [Source: ICIS news]
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told a press conference that onshore and offshore oil and gas production facilities and onshore manufacturing plants along the Gulf coastline “have built in a greater degree of resiliency” since the 2005 hurricanes that devastated what also is known as the US energy coast.
“However, there is only so much that anyone or any facility can do,” Chertoff said, adding that energy and manufacturing assets concentrated in the Gulf region remain vulnerable.
“No one is invulnerable to the effects of hurricane winds and water,” he said.
Speaking at the annual
In the aftermath of the two major hurricanes that struck the Gulf coast in August and September 2005, local residents and emergency response teams were hampered in recovery work because widespread power outages meant that retail gasoline service stations could not pump fuel, even though there was plenty of gasoline in underground tanks.
The 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita knocked out 100% of the Gulf region’s oil production and 90% of its natural gas output. The storms also forced shutdowns of several refineries, multiple chemical production sites and many other manufacturing facilities across four states.
A normal hurricane season would see 11 named storms with six of those becoming hurricanes and only two likely to be major storms.
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