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Heart of America’s Petrochemical Boom Braces for ‘Night of Hell’

  • Hurricane puts quarter of U.S. refining capacity at risk: ICIS
  • Much of the infrastructure is new, built during the shale boom
Laura Set To Be 'Potentially Catastrophic' Category 4 Hurricane
Photographer: Go Nakamura/Bloomberg

America’s fast-growing petrochemical and refining network on the Gulf Coast is about to get its biggest test as it braces for a direct hit from Hurricane Laura.

The Category 4 storm is expected to slam into the Gulf Coast in the early hours of Thursday with devastating winds and a huge storm surge. While Houston will likely escape the worst of the hurricane’s impact, parts of Texas and Louisiana that have seen massive investment in recent years from the energy industry won’t be so lucky.