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09/24/05 - Washington D.C.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Responds To Refinery Damage

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas’ senior senator, today talked about gas prices and possible damage to Texas’ refineries on numerous networks. Below is a verbatim transcript you can quote from her CBS “Early Show” appearance this morning. Sen. Hutchison also said she believes the damage to be in the range of $8 billion. This is her early reaction to the possible damage to Texas’ refineries, as of Saturday morning at 9 a.m. eastern:


“I talked to [Jefferson County] Judge Carl Griffith this morning and they were concerned about flooding there affecting refineries. There are major refineries in the Port Arthur area. … I think the damage will be great but the loss of life will be spared. …


“Because it didn’t go up the Houston Ship Channel my hope is that those refineries will start producing in Texas City and Houston very quickly. They had shut down but I think they can start up quickly now. Port Arthur and Beaumont did have major refineries but I believe that ExxonMobil in Beaumont is probably OK and we’re going to see how the others are down closer to the coast in Port Arthur. …


“That’s 25 percent of the refining capacity of America so had the Houston and Galveston/Texas City area been hit really hard it could have made a huge difference in gas prices for every American. … I think we can get up to speed quickly and hope the gas prices don’t spike too much.”



Chris Paulitz

Office of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

284 Russell Senate Office Building

202.224.9767 (press office)


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