Ida Lays Waste To Substantial United States Energy Infrastructure

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Ida Lays Waste To Substantial United States Energy Infrastructure

Tue, 08/31/2021 - 08:45
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Hurrican Ida entering the Gulf of Mexico (copyright by Shutterstock/Limbitech)
Hurrican Ida entering the Gulf of Mexico (copyright by Shutterstock/Limbitech)

Pipelines across a broad swath of land in the southern United States were among the energy infrastructure casualties stemming from Category 4 Hurricane Ida.

Companies including Marathon Petroleum Corp. , Valero Energy Corp. , Phillips 66 and Royal Dutch Shell PLC shut roughly 8% of the nation’s refining capacity ahead of the storm, while Colonial Pipeline Co., operator of the largest U.S. fuel pipeline, closed two lines that carry fuel from Houston to Greensboro, N.C. Exxon Mobil Corp. had shut some units at its chemicals and refining complex in Baton Rouge, but said there was no significant storm damage.

Enbridge said it was mobilizing crews to assess its facilities and had declared it was temporarily suspending some contracts under force majeure on two offshore pipelines, according to the company and shipper notices.

Colonial said it expected to bring its two key lines back online Monday evening, following damage assessments and safety checks. Colonial moves more than 100 million gallons of fuel a day on its 5,500-mile pipe network from the Gulf Coast to Linden, N.J.

Pipeline companies in the coming days will work carefully to determine whether flooding, wind or other impacts of Ida caused any damage to the integrity of their facilities or posed any environmental threats.


Submitted by Ellis (not verified) on Tue, 08/31/2021 - 13:56 Permalink

Way to write a completely misleading headline. Perfect example of the poor journalism we see daily. Just looking for clicks.

Thank you for your critique. You are entirely correct and I should have been more prudent when writing the headline. While vast areas in the south were essentially "wasted' including energy infrastructure, the expression is inappropriate for pipelines specifically.

I appreciate your vigilance and hope you will continue to read the ptj in the future.

Sincerely yours,
Mark Iden

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