Offshore oil and gas workers have already been evacuated from platforms in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico while industrial businesses across Louisiana are mulling their options as Hurricane Ida nears.
Chevron, Equinor, Royal Dutch Shell alongside BP and BHP have already sent workers back to shore. Offshore oil extraction accounts for 17% of overall U.S. crude oil production while nearly half of U.S. refinery capacity sits along the Gulf Coast.
Plaquemines Parish, which sits just south of New Orleans, is recommending residents evacuate the area. There is also several industrial sites down there from a Phillips 66 refinery to Chevron’s