September 12, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Ike Preparation Hits Houston Refineries

As Houston packs up ahead of hurricane Ike, many Houston refineries (including several TapRooT® Users) are shutting down – impacting US gasoline prices. Oil refineries that either suspended production or are in the process of shutting down include Valero Energy Corp.’s Texas City, Port Arthur and Houston plants, ExxonMobil’s Baytown refinery, LyondellBasell’s Houston plant, Shell’s Deer Park complex, ConocoPhillips’ Sweeny facility, Marathon Oil Corp.’s Texas City refinery, and BP’s Texas City refinery.

Refineries in Corpus Christi were running normally Thursday.

Let’s all pray that the storm ends up being weaker than expected and that damage to the coast is less than anticipated.

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