"Prophetically looking ahead"
In my February 2011 post, I remarked that it's all about Resources.Israel is prophetically coming into major energy resources, while the rest of the World's resources are ebbing away.China has been forced to dig deep to meet its energy needs 08/23/11 Article on CoalBed Methane-CBMU.S. energy sector braces for direct hit from Irene08/25/11
NEW YORK (Reuters) - From nuclear plants to pipelines and refineries, energy companies braced on Thursday for a potentially devastating Hurricane Irene that is barreling toward the most populated part of the United States.
While the East Coast region has no major offshore oil and gas production like the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast, the stakes are still daunting. The region has around a dozen nuclear plants, a massive oil delivery hub at New York Harbor, and its pipelines and power networks serve more than 100 million Americans.
"Irene appears set to deliver a major blow. Now is the time to prepare for this major hurricane, as impacts appear imminent," MDA EarthSat Weather said.
National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read warned on Thursday that Irene could blast up the East Coast with Category 2 storm force, packing winds of 96 to 110 mph.
"Being a large hurricane, tropical storm-force winds will extend far inland," he warned.
Nuclear plant operator Public Service Enterprise Group said it was securing equipment against storm winds at its Salem and Hope Creek plants, along the Delaware River in Hancocks Bridge, New Jersey.
The plants could be taken offline if the storm causes the Delaware River to rise rapidly, he added.
At Indian Point, the large nuclear plant just 38 miles north of New York City, operator Entergy was "securing all material and equipment outside buildings and ensuring that we have a sufficient supply of diesel fuel for backup generators," said spokesman Jim Steets.
Futures prices of gasoline for delivery in the New York Harbor rose more than 3 percent on Thursday, as a potential closure of the harbor in coming days threatened to disrupt supplies.
The U.S. Coast Guard has not implemented restrictions on ship traffic in New York Harbor but is monitoring Irene's course.
The East Coast receives much of its fuel by pipeline from the Gulf Coast or by tanker from Europe.
Six refineries and numerous storage and oil shipping terminals operate on or near the coast.
Jeff Masters of private forecaster Weather Underground warned of potential storm surges that could flood coastal areas of New Jersey and Maryland.
The Colonial Pipeline, a 2.37-million-barrels-per-day refined oil product supply line, stretches 5,500 miles from Texas to the New York Harbor, with "spurs" to other fuel hubs that could be in the storm's path, including in Maryland and Virginia.
Here's the 12 Nuclear Plants that declared an "unusual event" (lowest classification on NRC's safety scale) when the Earthquake in Virginia hit.The North Anna nuclear facility, near the quake's epicenter in Mineral, Va., successfully shut down Tuesday, one of its backup generators failed to work. The plant declared an "alert" — the second lowest of NRC's four emergency classifications. It regained its electricity seven hours later but is not yet back in operation.Twelve other nuclear power plants along the East Coast and upper Midwest declared an "unusual event," the lowest classification. They resumed normal operations by the end of Tuesday. They are: Peach Bottom, Three Mile Island, Susquehanna and Limerick in Pennsylvania; Salem, Hope Creek and Oyster Creek in New Jersey; Calvert Cliffs in Maryland; Surry in Virginia; Shearon Harris in North Carolina and D.C. Cook and Palisades in Michigan.God Bless,Gail