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A flooded street in Jean Lafitte, Louisiana, on Sept. 1. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Power and oil-and-gas production are starting to revive after Hurricane Ida, but there's a long way to go for Louisiana's sweltering residents and industrial damage assessments are ongoing.

Driving the news: The Interior Department reports that roughly 80% of Gulf of Mexico crude oil production and 83% of gas production was shut-in as of yesterday.

  • Right before the storm, almost all Gulf output was offline as companies shut down facilities and evacuated workers.
  • On the power front, roughly 902,000 homes and businesses are without power in Louisiana, per PowerOutage.us.
  • The big utility Entergy said that it has restored service to over 100,000 customers thus far and yesterday restored limited power to New Orleans for the first time since the storm.

Refiners are still assessing the damage. S&P Global Platts notes that 2.1 million barrels per day of refining capacity was offline as of yesterday, but they report that should decline soon.

Exxon has begun to restart its roughly 520,000 barrel per day facility in Baton Rouge.

The intrigue: One question is how offshore oil-and-gas producers will grapple with damage to Port Fourchon, a key industry hub and staging area.

  • But S&P notes that "there are alternate routes for transportation outside Port Fourchon and Houma where helicopters can provide services."
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Data: U.S. Energy Atlas; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios Visuals

The big picture: The amount of oil and natural-gas-related infrastructure sitting in the path of Gulf of Mexico hurricanes is simply immense.

  • The chart above captures just a subset of the region's vast network of petrochemical plants, pipelines, storage terminals, processing facilities and more.
  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration has detailed U.S. mapping tools you can take for a spin here.

Why it matters: The region's energy infrastructure sits in the path of storms that are becoming increasingly powerful as the world warms.

Disruptions and damage also become environmental hazards. This New York Times piece explores the potential for dangerous leaks and emissions due to Ida, and some incidents that have already been reported.

Go deeper

Updated Dec 7, 2021 - Axios Events

Watch: A conversation on infrastructure and sustainability

On Tuesday, December 7th, Axios co-founder Mike Allen and energy reporter Ben Geman looked at the latest infrastructure bill’s sweeping sustainability provisions and the plans to implement them, featuring Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) and United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby.

Sec. Jennifer Granholm highlighted the path forward for clean energy offshore wind and weatherization, how the Biden administration is prioritizing emerging green technologies, and how the bill can make America’s supply chains more competitive.

  • On the vast potential of geothermal energy as a clean energy resource: “We should be using a lot more of it. It is renewable, it’s underneath our feet. We frac right now for natural gas, for oil. We could be using that same technology to pull up clean resources from under our feet. We have enough geothermal to power this nation several times over if we actually got at it, so that to me is exciting and I’m really enthusiastic about that.”
  • On how the infrastructure bill makes America more competitive: “It invests in supply chains. Right now, we are not competitive...we haven’t really gotten to the level of building out the full supply chain: the cell that goes into the battery pack, the anode, the cathode, the separator material. We want to do the whole thing, including the critical minerals that are built into those battery packs. Making us competitive would mean that we partner with industry to make those costs competitive here.”

Sen. John Hickenlooper described how the infrastructure bill’s funding invests in states’ climate resiliency efforts, how to make sure the bill’s investments and projects are implemented over time, and the long-term impact of the bill’s passage on the transition to clean energy.

  • On the scope of the infrastructure bill’s clean energy provisions: “People already forget that this is the most consequential climate bill ever. And when you look at $73 billion for power and the grind and including and that is, you know, all kinds of recharging stations, incentives for electric vehicles, that’s very impactful.”
  • On the long-term impact of infrastructure bill investments: “I think it’s worth re-emphasizing that this entire infrastructure investment...almost all of it is allocated over five years, some is going to be 10 years...the thing to remember is it’s all paid for...and yet it is stretched out over a period of time, so it will create jobs.”

Axios co-founder & CEO Jim VandeHei hosted a View from the Top segment with United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby, who described the climate provisions in the infrastructure bill and the pending Build Back Better bill that are most impactful for the aviation industry.

  • “We’re not going to be able to fly big airplanes long distances on batteries or even hydrogen anytime in the foreseeable future, and because of that, we need to create sustainable aviation fuel. Today, that industry is tiny. The blender’s fuel tax credit would allow that industry to have certainty of investment.”

Thank you United Airlines for sponsoring this event.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Dec 10, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Controversial North Sea oil project on hold

Climate activists protesting the Cambo project during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, in Nov. 2021. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images

Siccar Point Energy said it's hitting pause on plans for an offshore oil project in the U.K., a move that comes after 30% partner Shell pulled out of the effort.

Why it matters: The Cambo project has faced activist opposition and saw intense scrutiny when the U.K. hosted the COP26 climate conference last month in Glasgow, Scotland.

Updated 12 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Contact tracing fizzles across America — New clues emerge on long COVID — Omicron is finally burning out — It's very difficult to get access to antiviral COVID treatments — Axios-Ipsos poll: Omicron's big numbersAnother wave of death — FDA limits use of Regeneron and Lilly antibody treatments.
  2. Vaccines: Pfizer begins clinical trial for Omicron-specific vaccine — The shifting definition of fully vaccinated.
  3. Politics: Virginia AG says public colleges can't mandate COVID vaccines —Alaska governor joins Texas lawsuit over National Guard vaccine mandate — Navy discharges 45 sailors for refusing vaccine — Spotify to remove Neil Young's music after his Joe Rogan ultimatum — White House: 60M households have ordered free COVID-19 rapid tests.
  4. World: U.K. to lift travel testing requirement for fully vaccinated — Beijing Olympic Committee lowers testing threshold ahead of Games.
  5. Variant tracker

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