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    Refining Operations Normal

    Gulf Coast storms don't hinder operations, oil companies report.

    HOUSTON -- Strong storms that spread across the U.S. coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday did not interrupt operations at refineries in Texas or Louisiana, oil companies reported. Several refineries in the two states were shut down by hurricane-force winds last month, causing some to shut down for several days. Supply to the market was not affected.

    In Beaumont, Texas, along the border between the two states, one death was attributed to high water brought on by the storms, which also spawned tornadoes in Louisiana. Two people were killed in Chataigner, La. An Exxon Mobil Corp. spokeswoman said operations in Beaumont were unaffected by the storm.

    Operations at Citgo Petroleum Corp.'s refinery in Lake Charles, La., were not affected by the storm, a company spokesman said.

    Motiva Enterprises LLC said operations were unaffected at its refineries in Norco, La., and Port Arthur, Texas. Motiva is a joint venture of Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Saudi Aramco. Valero Energy Corp. said its refinery in Krotz Springs, La., reported severe weather nearby, but it had no impact on operations.

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