Ethylene: The “World’s Most Important Chemical”

Ethylene, a key building block in plastic and vital to our country’s manufacturing industry, has been thrust into the spotlight due to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on its production process.  So, what exactly is ethylene and how does it impact manufacturing...

/ September 6, 2017

Restarting after Harvey

More than half of the 24 U.S. refineries that preventatively shut or slowed down before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey are now working to fully restore operations and resume feeding distribution pipelines, part of their mission to supply America’s economy...

/ September 4, 2017

Understanding America’s Dynamic and Resilient Fuel Market

Hurricane Harvey has slowed U.S. refinery output and disrupted the fuel supply chain. But thankfully, this disruption is not expected to be permanent. Already more than half of the 24 refineries affected by the storm are moving to restore operations....

/ September 3, 2017

Natural Disasters and Price Gouging

Fuel supply restrictions resulting from hurricanes and other natural disasters, often lead to price increases as the market reacts to rebalance supply and demand. To protect consumers, many states have enacted price gouging laws that limit a merchant’s ability to...

/ September 1, 2017