2017: Hurricane Harvey

In 2017, Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Nate caused widespread damage and human suffering in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, and exposed the vulnerabilities and strengths of American energy security. Thankfully, in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore energy facilities fared remarkably well compared to onshore energy facilities, many of which suffered catastrophic damage from flood waters.

Despite the frequency and intensity of hurricanes and tropical storms in 2017, there were no reported deaths or injuries among offshore workers, no reported damage to offshore facilities and no reported spills from offshore facilities.  This is a testament to how well the offshore industry prepares for and responds to hurricanes.

Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief

As the devastation from Hurricane Harvey becomes more evident, our thoughts are with our member companies, their employees and loved ones in the Gulf Coast. We are grateful to hear from those who have checked in as safe. We are inspired and heartened that many of you are doing everything possible, under difficult circumstances, to help others less fortunate. In this spirit, NOIA and NOIA staff have made a donation to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. NOIA members can view a list of highly-rated national and local charities accepting donations here.

Hurricane Information

Department of Energy Situation Reports:

Hurricane Harvey Event Summary #22
4:00 PM EDT | Thursday, September 7, 2017


Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Activity Statistics:

BSEE Tropical Storm Harvey Activity Statistics: September 4, 2017
11:30 AM EDT | Monday, September 4, 2017


NOIA Hurricane Fact Sheet

Safety is always of the utmost importance for the offshore energy industry. Hurricane season in no different. The offshore industry takes extreme caution to make sure both workers and the environment are protected during Hurricanes. You can find out more about the steps the offshore industry takes during Hurricane season here:

Download the NOIA Hurricane Fact Sheet Here

Ongoing Recovery Operations

Houston is the energy capital of the world and the oil and gas companies along Hurricane Harvey’s path are supporting recovery efforts in Houston an other impacted areas. Following are just a few ways the oil industry is helping rebuild affected communities.

The Corporate Hurricane: Houston CEOs Race to Mend a Battered Workforce
The Wall Street Journal, September 7, 2017
Harvey Update: American Spirit is Alive in Lonestar State
EnergyTomorrow, September 5, 2017
Oil Industry Mobilizes $23 Million for Hurricane Harvey Victims
Daily Caller, September 1, 2017
Operators boost Harvey relief efforts, resume some GoM oil production,
Offshore Magazine, August 29, 2017
Industry contributes to Harvey relief efforts in Texas,
Offshore Magazine, August 28, 2017
Companies pledge millions in Harvey donations,
FOX Business News, August 28, 2017
These Companies Are Donating Millions to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey,
Fortune, August 28, 2017

Community Leadership

The whole industry has been engaged in helping to put Texas and Louisiana back on their feet. Following are just a few ways the oil and gas industry have aided those in need: