Here Are The Refineries And Nuclear Power Plants Threatened If The Morganza Spillway Is [Opened|Shut]

Tyler Durden's picture

As we reported previously, Obama has found himself on the verge of another environmental scandal now that he has no choice but to redirect the Mississippi river via the Morganza spillway - either lose millions in barrels of daily refined production and potentially the impairment of the Colonial Pipeline, two events which would promptly cause gas prices to soar to new records, or redirect the river via the Spillway, and cause the flooding of millions of acres, and numerous towns and cities, and possibly another New Orelans bases crisis. It seems Obama has picked the lesser of two evils: i.e., protect the oil: "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Friday it anticipates opening the Morganza Spillway on the western bank of the swollen Mississippi River to divert floodwaters into the Atchafalaya River basin and protect Baton Rouge, Louisiana, New Orleans and refineries from flooding. The Corps of Engineers had been planning next week to open the spillway, about 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Baton Rouge, but could do so as soon as Saturday as high water continues making its way downriver." On the other hand, opening the spillway will also lead to plant impairments: " Opening the spillway will disrupt operations at Alon USA Energy's  80,000-bpd Krotz Springs, Louisiana, refinery. An Alon spokesman said on Friday that the plant was operating normally as crews continued to build a second levee to prevent Atchafalaya River waters from flooding the refinery within 10 to 14 days of the Morganza opening. The new levee will supplement existing levees." And there is more: it appears that not only are refineries in danger, but three nuclear power plants are also in danger of being flooded: Entergy's 1,176-megawatt Waterford nuclear plant in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana; its 978-megawatt River Bend nuclear plant in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, and the 1,268-megawatt Grand Gulf nuclear station in Clairborne County, Mississippi."

Below are the refineries which are threatened unless the Morganza is open:

  • Alon USA Energy <ALJ.N> Krotz Springs, Louisiana : 80,000
  • Chalmette Refining <XOM.N> Chalmette, Louisiana: 192,500
  • ConocoPhillips <COP.N> Belle Chasse, Louisiana: 247,000
  • Exxon Mobil Corp <XOM.N> Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 504,500
  • Marathon Oil Corp <MRO.N> Garyville, Louisiana: 436,000
  • Motiva Enterprises <RDSa.L> Convent, Louisiana: 235,000
  • Motiva Enterprises <RDSa.L> Norco, Louisiana: 234,700
  • Murphy Oil Corp <MUR.N> Meraux, Louisiana: 120,000
  • Valero Energy Corp <VLO.N> Memphis, Tennessee: 180,000
  • Valero Energy Corp <VLO.N> St. Charles, Louisiana 185,000

And here are those in danger if the Spillway is open:

  • BP <BP.L> America Production Co 10,703
  • Petroquest <PQ.N> Energy LLC 8,757
  • Apache Corp <APA.N> 4,986
  • ConocoPhillips <COP.N> Inc 2,661
  • Stone Energy <SGY.N> Corp 2,232
  • Chevron <CVX.N> USA Inc 1,467
  • Dune <DUNR.OB> Operating Co 1,407
  • Swift Energy <SFY.N> Optg LLC 1,241

Additionally, the following traffic has been impaired:


The tanker Zaliv Baikal turned back from going to a dock in Baton Rouge because its captain didn't think the vessel had enough clearance beneath the I-10 Bridge over the Mississippi at Baton Rouge.

Berths at Exxon's docks in Baton Rouge were flooding on Thursday, which may make docking tankers difficult in the coming days, according to sources familiar with refinery operations. Exxon said the refinery continues to operate normally.


Barge traffic is moving along the Mississippi River with some restrictions and no closures. Barges were running near Baton Rouge, but facing difficult river conditions.

Mississippi River restrictions include length of barge (no greater than 600 feet), energy requirement (greater than 250 horsepower), speed (3 miles/hour) and prior notification requests before navigation starts. To that end, barge traffic is open in places like St. Louis and Memphis with restrictions.


Magellan Midstream Partners <MMP.N> said it discontinued operations at its 2.8 million-barrel storage terminal in Marrero, Louisiana, close to New Orleans, after it finished loading barges on Friday.

Nearly 20 percent of barge terminals that the U.S. Coast Guard monitors on the Ohio River remained closed on Thursday. The Smithland Lock and Dam at mile marker 918.5 on the river remains closed, obstructing barge traffic both up and downstream.

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camaro68ss's picture

O cool, very bullish!

AnonymousAnarchist's picture

This will never be reported in the liberal Galactic Empire Times (the comments are better than the article) [via ICYMI].

That Peak Oil Guy's picture

Look, there's a new gray swan in the black swan clusterflock!  Perhaps it is a cygnet and has not molted yet.


eureka's picture

+ 1500/35 - and certain to rise ... -
everyone check Max Keiser's Sprott interview posted today.

Oh regional Indian's picture

I think the big New Madrid Shake is coming.

Read about the "unexpected" little quake in Spain yesterday?


cossack55's picture

Of course there is the matter of DHS/FEMA request for bid for 12 million long shelf life meals and 6 million body bags for the New Madrid Fault Zone two months ago. Big "out of stock" item in survival food sites.

j.darkness's picture

FEMA NLE 2011 begins may 16th if there is a coincidental (HAARP) earthquake during this exercise it will be time to buy the farm!

zhandax's picture

The natural periodicity of New Madrid is around every 500 years and the last major event was 199 years ago.  Until now I have not considered HAARP as capable of producing seismic events, but if the New Madrid fires mid-cycle I may have to reconsider.  The body bags are more likely the result of some HS district director needing to spend his funding so it will be renewed next year.

Betty Swallsack's picture

???  The last seismic event was 500 years ago?  Who recorded it?  Where are such absurd stats pulled from?

A series of three to five major earthquakes (believed to have been magnitude 7.0 or larger earthquakes) occurred in the NMSZ in the two month period between Dec. 16, 1811 and February 7, 1812. Several thousand additional “smaller” earthquakes occurred during the three month period from Dec. 16, 1811 to March 16, 1812. These included 15 quakes of magnitude 6.5 to 8 (the size range of the 1989 San Francisco, 1994 Los Angeles and 1995 Kobe, Japan earthquakes) and 189 quakes of magnitude 5 to 6.5. Two thousand of these quakes were felt by people, indicated by crude seismograph instruments and recorded in personal journals at Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, which are respectively 250 and 350 miles away. The New Madrid area was at the very frontier of European settlement at this time so there were very few non-native Americans living in the immediate area to report the earthquakes.


zhandax's picture

Betty, you went to public school didn't you?

New_Meat's picture

"Until now I have not considered HAARP as capable of producing... "

Hang around on 3.39 MHz and see what's going on ;-)

- Ned

goldfish1's picture

See? No problems:

A worker at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant fell unconscious at work on Saturday and later died.

The worker in his 60s complained of ill health while working at a waste processing facility. He worked for a subcontracting firm of Tokyo Electric Power Company.

The man was taken to a medical office in the plant, where he was found to have lost consciousness. He was then taken by ambulance to a hospital in Iwaki City and confirmed dead shortly after 9:30 AM. The cause of his death is unknown.

Tokyo Electric says the worker had been transporting equipment since Friday. He was scheduled to work for 3 hours from 6:00 AM on Saturday.

The company says the worker had put on a full protective suit and was not exposed to radioactive substances.

This was the first time that a worker at the Daiichi plant died after the March 11th disaster.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:20 +0900 (JST)

The web of lies is mindboggling.

jonjon831983's picture

Neato, but makes sense of just being prepared in context of the seemingly increased geological activity throughout the world.



Poundsand's picture

Spit on my keyboard when I read this comment:

"Sadly, even this victory likely won't satisfy Vader's critics -- they can't stand that he is black."

You were right, the comments are great!

Pool Shark's picture


That has got to be the funniest parody I've ever seen; the comments are true comedy gold.

The best part is clicking back and forth between the link to the original NYTimes article and watching Obama transform into Vader and vice-versa.


OldTrooper's picture

Nice!  Use the Farce...feel the Farce flowing around you!

MiguelitoRaton's picture

This is insufficient information for our leaders to make a decision. Erase the production information and replace it with their political donation information, THEN a political decision can be made.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Quick, someone find some athletic stadiums to shove everyone into.  We need martial law, take away the South's guns.

earnyermoney's picture

I've seen some SEC games at Tiger Stadium on TV. Everyone can hang there till the water receeds.

zhandax's picture

And Dr. Head, we can always use more practice.  I think you will find martial law backfires down here.  The soldiers will want to be on the side with better aim (and manners).  Where do you think all these volunteers come from, Boston?

Manthong's picture

No problems.

National flood insurance and federal assistance should pick up the tab..  and look at all the new economic activity that will result.

Very bullish developments.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Question - what funds did the flood insurers "invest" all of those premiums in?  Munibonds?  LMFAO

3.7.77's picture

I thought so too, but apparently a lot of the people in the flood plain below the levees get letters from the Army Corp of Engineers every year stating they could be flooded and the .Gov will not be responsible.

trav7777's picture

give them all FEMA cards...we can't have anything bad happen to black people

zhandax's picture

Trav, that is just the headline benefit brigade.  This is going to jack up your food and energy supply and you need to hope that since this is a conscious decision to divert water that enough compensation is allocated to the affected parties that they are still around to produce next year.  If not, it might be worth an FOI to see whose pockets those who end up with titles to the properties have been lining.

acrabbe's picture

you think this is about black people? lol, you're such a joke dude

New_Meat's picture


"National flood insurance..."

Nope, annual letter from the Corpse of Engineers takes care of that.  Paraphrasing: 'you stupid cajuns are in a  place where we might flood any time, no insurance, u b hosed.'

- Ned

Hugh G Rection's picture

Dump the exposed fuku fuel rods in the river and the floodwater will evaporate.


Solve 2 problems at once.

Sancho Ponzi's picture

Can't they just put a tent under it?

goldfish1's picture

This is the kind of thinking that will get you a wonderful position in the asminstrative offices. Are you a good public speaker?

I am more equal than others's picture

In Baton Rouge and went to the levee at lunch.  They are serious down here.  They have police on horseback riding up and down the levee in the CBD.  Remember to flush twice, New Orleans needs the water. 

I predict a levee breach and massive inland flooding. 

Federal Reserf's picture

How close to the top of the levee is the river?

My brother in NOLA said it is surreal to drive down Tchoupitoulas and look up at the hulls of ships.


If an East bank levee fails in the wrong place, it is game over.

I am more equal than others's picture

About 3 to 6 feet where I was standing.  They won't let you on the levee at all.

Stormdancer's picture

Janet Reno still has a Secret Service detail???

FreeNewEnergy's picture

Thanks for that cheery assessment. Bullish, bully, bully! Hi-ho, it's Friday, let the drinking commence.

On my second already and I need to fix another cocktail. This one is broken.

Hugh G Rection's picture

I hope we kept the receipt for the Louisiana Purchase.

FreeNewEnergy's picture

+60 million francs ($11,250,000) + cancellation of debts worth 18 million francs ($3,750,000) = 15 million dollars for the Louisiana territory ($219 million in 2010 dollars)

Ergo's picture

FYI to all:  Chemical plants and refineries on the gulf coast are designed to go through cat 5 storms and be OK if flooded.  That doesn't mean that they are built or maintained correctly.  But this does happen from time-to-time. 

As a chemical engineer and an attorney, I'm fairly shocked by how bad Fukushima was designed, located and maintainted.  That was completely insane.  But other than BP, most of our gulf coast facilities should be OK. 

FOC 1183's picture

If opened, a lot of wells will shut (albeit temporarily) as the water flows through the Atchafalya Basin

Sancho Ponzi's picture

Here it comes...

'Initial unemployment claims rose unexpectedly last week due to flooding along the Mississippi river.' 

j0nx's picture

You know that shit is coming. Don't even bother to act surprised.

DB Cooper's picture

But what about all the sandbagger jobs created? Bullish! sarc/

Dr. Richard Head's picture

This is Keynesian economics at its best.  Think about it.  New levees will need to be built, farmland will need to be reworked, we have commodity destruction in agriculture, and homes will need to be fixed.  This will be the only GDP growth that will be seen and naturally occurring.  The commies couldn't even dream of this wonderful boost to growth, fuck the displaced right? 

Shit, with the New Deal in 1933, for example, Congress had to actually pass the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) to provide economic relief to farmers. The AAA had at its core a plan to raise crop prices by paying farmers a subsidy to compensate for voluntary cutbacks in production. Funds for the payments would be generated by a tax levied on industries that processed crops. By the time the act had become law, however, the growing season was well underway, and the AAA encouraged farmers to plow under their abundant crops.

Now we can just "turn on the water", no legislation needed bitchez.  FDR would be fucking proud.

Hephasteus's picture

The great lakes will dump into the gulf of mexico. The mississipi will be like 30 miles across.

goldfish1's picture

Hhaarp technician #1: So, you think that if we make it rain here, we can drive the water down the Mississippi and flush out the gulf from some of that toxic waste?

Technician #2: Yeah, we might not get it just right, but probly it'll work. I mean we went a bit overboard in Japan. Now I can't eat the fukking strawberries from cali.

Hhaarp technician #1: Ok then, I'll get the ok from the boss...he won't care, he's on pron and you fire up the rain maker.




knukles's picture

Go for it.

No wait.  Maybe declare an emergency, first, before it's too late. 

But don't worry, no need to after all, it's all temporary.  Commodity prices should fall and stocks rise.