Rice University Releases Houston-Area Surge Flooding Study
Rice University’s Baker Institute has just issued a study entitled “Houston-Area Surge Flooding” and its effects on regional and national security. Baker Institute issued the study to make local, state, and federal officials aware of the flooding threats as the result of the increased storm activity in the Houston-area and Gulf of Mexico.
The study provides a thorough analysis of the flooding which result in a Category 3 hurricane in the Houston-area. In presenting the flooding information, the study identifies the regional and national security issues that could result from the refineries and petrochemical plants being flooded. Among other industries that will be affected, the report states that 25% percent of all ethylene and propylene of all U.S. production will be affected by the flooding.
While we are hopeful that there are no Category 3 hurricanes in the Houston-area in the future, it does make us aware of the need for the U.S. petrochemical/chemical and plastics industries to create a second manufacturing hub. The most logical locale of this second manufacturing hub is in the Ohio River Valley. The construction of the Shell cracker plant and probably PTTGC cracker plant make the regional ideal.
The full report can be accesses here.