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Fuel industry resumes ops
Polk County Enterprise - September 2008
Fuel workers are working around the clock to bring all elements of the fuel infrastructure back online to reestablish normal fuel production and delivery, according to Debbie Hastins with the Texas Fuel Team. Progress to restore the fuel infrastructure is underway as a Texas port has re-opened, refineries are preparing for re-start procedures, and several fuel terminals and gas stations have generator power. All of the elements of the fuel industry must work together to meet the fuel needs of Texas and the nation. The fuel system needs people, power, ports, pipelines and raw materials to make and deliver fuel and we’re seeing progress on all fronts. Re-starting the fuel system is a process and safety is our first priority.
Assessment teams are inspecting facilities for structural damage, electrical problems, road safety, and flooding to be sure it is safe for additional employees to return to affected regions. There is still work to do to be sure the entire fuel system comes back online safely. In the meantime, plans initiated before the storm are working. Before the storm, the fuel industry staged people, fuel and generators that could deploy into the affected region as soon as it was safe. Now, those fuel trucks and workers are delivering fuel and generators into Houston where it is safe and feasible to do so.
Teams are bringing in fuel from out of the area and supplies have been directed from around the world into the Houston area. Additional fuel trucks are being sent into the Houston area to expedite refueling at stations. As a result, several terminals and gas stations now have generator power and are able to operate