By Eric SharpeThe clear importance of the damage done by Hurricane Harvey is in lives affected. But its effects on lives went beyond the injury, death (47 people lost their lives) and the destruction of homes and personal property as its impact was far reaching into the U.S economy. Of the 141 oil refineries in the United States with a total distillation capacity of 18.62 million barrels a day, 19 are located along or near the Gulf Coast. These Gulf Coast refineries are also among the largest in the nation, boasting production capacity of some 4.8 million barrels a day, representing a little over 25% of the nation’s petroleum refinery capacity. When Harvey hit Texas, it hit the heart of the nation’s energy lifeblood.