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Ida aftermath: Shell refinery spews chemicals, energy companies assess damage
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Energy companies have worked to assess the extent of damage in the post-Hurricane Ida Gulf landscape as over half a million residents remain without power.
Widespread flooding and power outages have affected over 1 million residents in Louisiana alone after the Category 4 hurricane passed through the state.
In Norco, Shell Oil’s refinery has spewed black smoke and sulfur – a sight common to some facilities where companies hope to burn off toxic chemicals rather than risk continued spills into the surrounding area.
CLEANUP BOATS ON SCENE OF LARGE GULF OIL SPILL FOLLOWING IDA
The extent of pollution in the area remains unknown partially due to the lack of communications, preventing state police from deploying hazmat units to handle toxic emissions. So far, the U.S. Coast Guard has received 17 calls about air releases, including multiple reports of ammonia released into the air when flares were blown out by the storm, allowing the chemicals to release, The Guardian reported.