We understand the threat that extreme weather conditions can pose. We take our commitment to safe and responsible operations seriously, always challenging ourselves to improve upon our own records. With every storm, we re-evaluate and adjust our scenario plans to mitigate risk and minimize the impact on the environment.
We’ve taken measures like building and elevating new refinery control rooms, electrical equipment, pumps and compressors to avoid flooding. We’ve added redundant power supplies and generators. We’ve developed, executed, and refined comprehensive hurricane preparedness plans. And we’ve increased on-site containment facilities and developed additional operating procedures for startup and shutdown events.
In the event of extreme weather, our facilities have a variety of containment measures in place to prevent substances being released into the environment. For example, what if a refinery is hit by a flood? We have booms to absorb the chemicals that may leak and dams to contain substances that could sink to the bottom of the floodwater. Our plants are also prepared to bring in heavy equipment, like portable diking systems.
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita we shared best practices and invested heavily in the standards and infrastructure needed to better protect surrounding ecosystems. Our response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma demonstrates our industry’s preparedness, even in the worst cases. By investing in cutting-edge technology and advanced refining methods, we reduced emissions and minimized our impact on the environment in compliance with Texas’ stringent mandates.
As a refining and petrochemical hub, Texas has led the way in evaluating and controlling both criteria pollutants and air toxics emissions to protect the environment. For example, it was one of the first states that mandated facilities permit emissions from startup and shutdown operations and ensure emissions during these operations comply with strict standards.