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Reflections a year after Hurricane Harvey

By Hector L. Rivero, President & CEO, Texas Chemical Council and the Association of Chemical Industry of Texas.

In August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast with unprecedented flooding, dozens of deaths and an estimated $200 billion in damage. Every industrial site along the Texas coast was impacted in some way by Hurricane Harvey and the record rainfall in its wake. TCC is extremely proud of our industry’s outstanding performance during this unprecedented storm. We are most proud of the incredible job by our member companies in supporting their employees and communities where homes, schools, and businesses were devastated by wind and floodwaters. Our companies utilized new communication technologies to reach out to employees during and after the storm, providing medical attention where needed, food and water, supplies, temporary housing, and organized volunteer support to help clean up homes once floodwaters receded. The outpouring of support by our member company sites and volunteerism by employees were truly touching and an invaluable resource for our communities. Our industry continuously seeks out learnings from every weather event around the globe and incorporates those lessons into their best practices and emergency planning procedures. There have been new lessons learned from Harvey that have been shared across industry that will help us better prepare, be more resilient, and improve communications and recovery for future storms.

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America’s chemicals industry is booming. But politics may get in its way

It is one of America’s largest export sectors, but it will suffer in a trade war

“THIS is what $3bn looks like.” So beams a manager at Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPC), a petrochemical company jointly owned by Chevron and Phillips 66, both American oil firms. She throws open her arms in a figurative embrace of a giant cracker (pictured) built by the firm in Baytown, a gritty part of Houston. The new plant turns vast quantities of ethane, which is derived from natural gas, into ethylene, an important building block in plastic. Another nearby facility, which the firm has recently expanded, converts the ethylene into plastic resin that is sold worldwide. All told, CPC has spent some $6bn expanding its chemicals-production infrastructure around Houston.

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Texas Gulf Ports Preparing to Handle Still Greater Volumes of Diverse Cargo

Reprinted courtesy of American Journal of Transportation

Military cargo activity is on the rise at the Port of Port Arthur, including maneuvers entailing movement of more than 1,400 pieces of U.S. Army equipment plus more than 600 soldiers from Hawaii to Fort Polk, in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, to be followed by return transport after exercises are completed. While port officials look to continue to benefit from project cargo arriving for numerous nearby refinery expansion undertakings, forest products remain a staple at the Port of Port Arthur, with dimensional lumber imports from Europe joining such longtime cargos as wood pulp imports from Brazil and Kraft linerboard exports to Europe.

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