Texas's storm-ravaged energy industry begins slow recovery

September 1, 2017 00:58
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HOUSTON - Oil refiners and port facilities in Corpus Christi, Texas, are making strides resuming operations but Houston and other Gulf Coast energy hubs are still flooded by Hurricane Harvey, officials said on Thursday.

Their efforts - which could take weeks to be fully complete - will need to be repeated across a broad swath of coastal Texas and Louisiana before America's oil and fuel production can fully recover from deep cuts caused by the storm's record flooding.

Power has been restored to all four Corpus Christi-area oil refineries and the Army Corps of Engineers is conducting final surveys of the port's waterways before fully reopening early next week, according to port officials.

"We are keeping our target of a full reopen by Sept. 4," said Patricia Cardenas, a port spokeswoman.

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