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Lessons from Hurricane Isaac: Gulf Coast Coal and Petrochemical Facilities Still Not Storm Ready

Introduction: On August 28, 2012, Hurricane Isaac made landfall in the United States as a Category 1 hurricane at the mouth of the Mississippi River. In the wake of the storm, oil, coal, gas, and petrochemical facilities/infrastructure released at least the following pollution into the surrounding land, waters, and air of the gulf region:

  • 341, 044 gallons of oil, chemicals, and untreated waste-water
  • 192.3 tons of gases and other materials (354, 819 pounds)
  • 12.6 million gallons of untreated “process area water” from one overwhelmed facility

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