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Prolonged Shutdowns From Harvey Could Strand Shale Output

  • Gulf Coast refineries, some pipelines limiting route to coast
  • A few days not a problem; a week or more could hinder output
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Re-Energized Harvey Turns Wrath Once More on Texas

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The mutual dependency of pipeline companies and refiners is being magnified as Tropical Storm Harvey takes its toll on the Gulf Coast, putting at risk the U.S. shale boom.

With a number of refineries in the region closed by the storm, pipelines have fewer places to deliver oil carried from prolific West Texas shale basins. When pipelines close, the refineries still open have less oil to process. Ultimately, producers may find their oil stranded with their route to the coast limited.