Mississippi Flooding May Disrupt Gulf Coast Oil Refineries

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The refineries in the Gulf Coast supply much of the petroleum needs locally and in the Midwest. They also contribute to about half of the petroleum products for the East Coast, according to the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association.

There are 13 oil refineries in Louisiana alone, which process over 3 million barrels of crude oil per calendar day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration in January 2010.

There are 148 operable refineries in the U.S., as of January 1, which have the capacity to handle 17.5 million barrels a day, according to the EIA.

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