Offshore oil wells, ports shut as Hurricane Sally advances on US Gulf

By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Energy companies, ports and refiners raced on Monday to shut down as Hurricane Sally grew stronger while lumbering toward the central U.S. Gulf Coast, the second significant hurricane to shutter oil and gas activity over the last month.

The hurricane is disrupting oil imports and exports as the nation's sole offshore terminal, the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), stopped loading tanker ships on Sunday, while the port of New Orleans closed on Monday. The U.S. government said 21%, or nearly.....

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