Nation’s Largest Oil Refinery Forced to Shut Down as Harvey Floods Port Arthur, Texas

The largest oil refinery in the country is shutting down as Hurricane Harvey causes more catastrophic flooding, and more have followed suit.

Early Wednesday, Motiva said it started closing its Port Arthur refinery “in response to increasing local flood conditions.” The plant won’t open until flood waters recede.

Motiva had been steadily reducing production at the plant for days. Late Tuesday it was running at only 40 percent capacity.

The outside of the Motiva oil refinery in Port...

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