Industry experts claim that it's not more crude that is needed but more refining capacity to process the crude already available.
Katrina K-O'd four Gulf Coast refineries with a combined capacity of 900,000 b/d
Chevron Corp. in Pascagoula, Miss.
ConocoPhillips, Belle Chasse, La.
ExxonMobil Corp., Chalmette, La
Murphy Oil Corp., Meraux, La.
Rita is intensifying in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to come ashore on Saturyday in Houston, the another center of major concentration of refineries.
The Texas Gulf Coast has four concentrations of refineries with capacities totaling 4 million b/d, about 23% of total US refining capacity.:
Four refineries in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area with combined capacity of 1 million b/d
Six in and around Houston with 1.6 million b/d
Three in Texas City with 740,000 b/d.
Four in Corpus Christi with 690,000 b/d.