A truck in flood waters passes a home damaged in the wake of Hurricane Harvey Saturday Aug. 26 20
02 September, 2017, 00:50
As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 18 percent, or 319,523 bpd, of current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico was shut versus about 19 percent a day earlier, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.
Motiva Enterprises'Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, the nation's largest, may be shut as long as two weeks for assessment of the plant and fix of any damage, sources familiar with plant operations said on Thursday.
Best Buy says it is "deeply sorry" following accusations of price gouging after a photoposted online showed cases of water for sale at one of the electronic retailer's Houston-area stores for more than $42. Those plants are located less than 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the tropical storm's 4 a.m. Wednesday landfall just west of Cameron, Louisiana.
"These closures are already impacting markets with crude prices lower on a perceived drop in demand and gasoline prices spiking in response to lower supply", Sandy Fielden, director of research commodities and energy at Morningstar Commodities Research, said in an emailed note.
Motiva Enterprises' Port Arthur plant, which has been in operation for more than 100 years, stopped operating Tuesday night.
Exxon Mobil closed its Beaumont refinery that has a capacity of 363,000 barrels per day, while Total and Valero were suspending operations as well in the same area. He estimated it could affect 1 percent of the USA gross domestic product, eventually costing about $160 billion.
Harvey, which first came ashore on Friday in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, dumped more than 51 inches of rain on some parts of the state, according to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service.
Motiva's facility is the country's largest, with a daily capacity of 603,000 barrels. Around 2.2 million barrels per day of refining capacity has been disrupted. A return to that level won't be quick or easy.
"While the refinery is dealing with some water within the plant and localized road flooding, our employees are making extraordinary efforts to allow Motiva to continue to safely operate the refinery", it added. For example, the US Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Corpus Christi has begun opening certain waterways within the COTP zone.
Port Arthur is home the the nation's largest oil refinery.
Colonial Pipeline, the main conduit for gasoline and diesel from the Gulf Coast to the eastern USA, is already operating at reduced rates because it is not receiving supply from the Houston area.
They also looked for any hydrogen "escaping" from the atmospheres, since that detection would be an indication of water vapor . As lower-energy ultraviolet radiation warms a planet, it breaks up water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen .
Upon returning , Bell is expected to sign his franchise tender with just over one week before the start of the regular season. The former Michigan State running back held out of the preseason in hopes of getting a long-term extension with the Steelers .
The U.S. gave Russia mere 48 hours to close its San Francisco Consulate, along with smaller Russian posts in Washington and NY . According to NBC Reporter Peter Alexander, President Trump himself was the one to give the order to the State Department .
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denounced the launch as an "unprecedented, serious and grave threat" and agreed with U.S. Trump on Wednesday implied that diplomacy with North Korea is over, tweeting that "talking is not the answer".
Four matches remain for England in the group stages of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers from UEFA confederation. Jordan Henderson will skipper England against Malta as Gareth Southgate continues to share captaincy duties.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at their highest point in years after a series of missile tests by Pyongyang. Trump said last month Pyongyang would "be met with fire and fury " if it continued to threaten the U.S.
Irmo will reach the lesser Antilles by the middle of next week as a category for hurricane with winds up to 140 miles per hour . Northwest wind 6 to 9 miles per hour . 5PM SUNDAY: Skies finally clear with mostly sunny weather heading into the weekend.
The government's preliminary estimate of jobs in late summer is often low at first glance because so many people are on vacation. The growth missed expectations, as analysts had expected the economists would report approximately 200,000 new jobs in August.
The 26-year-old was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year after being selected by the Jets with the 13th overall pick in 2013. Kearse fills a major need for the Jets after losing Brandon Marshall and Devin Smith during the offseason.
IU's running back-by-committee approach never found traction, with freshman Morgan Ellison finishing as Indiana's leading rusher. The Buckeyes are 26-2-1 all-time in Bloomington, with the last setback coming in 1988, John Cooper's first season at the helm.
Late summer is typically the time of greatest risk for contracting West Nile virus, the health unit added. Four horses have tested positive in the following counties: Bourbon, Franklin, Hart and Russell.