Gasoline Fuel Terminal Locations And Their Oil Refineries

Fuel terminals and Oil refineries.

According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

There are 140 operable refineries in the United States. At their maximum capacity they are able to process 19,134,102 barrels of crude oil per day. And a subset of 4,297,181 barrels of diesel fuel per day and 2,727,384 barrels of gasoline per day.

The refinery location map shown above (and those below) might provide some insight as to one’s own proximity to where ‘gas comes from’.

From the oil refineries the fuel is transported closer to population centers. This facilitates service stations (gas stations). But there’s more to the story…

Imagine the disruption of fuel on a large scale…

Imagine a world which has entered tumultuous times… Channels of distribution have been severely disrupted (for whatever the cause or reason). And then imagine the disruption of fuel (gasoline) while the degree of difficulty in transporting fuel might become significant…

When you see a tanker truck carrying fuel around, or offloading at a gas service station, the gasoline or diesel product has most likely been shipped from a ‘terminal’ where the tanker trucks fill up.

Terminals are just a collection of storage tanks and truck offloading facilities. Enabling convenient resupply of local gas stations.

An oil refinery produces gasoline, diesel, and other petroleum products. And will transport these products underground through pipelines to fuel terminals.

Tanker trucks can then load products from these terminals and distribute fuel to various service stations (gas stations).

While the terminals may be located near population centers and highways, depending on where you live there might not be a fuel terminal very nearby.

During a disruptive period, it might be interesting to note your proximity to the various fuel terminals. To appreciate the potential difficulty of transportation during a breakdown of distribution.

There are some parts of the country where gasoline (or diesel) needs to be transported significant distances to reach the consumer.

Map of gasoline terminals in the United States:

Fuel terminal locations map (North)

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Fuel terminal locations map (South)

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Fuel terminal locations map (West)

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According to a previous poll from the question “When The System Crashes, What Item Will You Have Most Difficulty Re-Supplying?”, Fuel (Gas, Diesel, etc..) was among the top-three concerns.

You might also be curious to re-read the following article,
When The Trucks Stop, It’s Over

Similar to the flow of electricity, gasoline is a life-blood of our modern existence. We take it for granted that there will always be gas at our local gas station.

For your interest… The largest three refineries in the United States…

  • Port Arthur Texas
  • Baytown Texas
  • Garyville Louisiana

They have a combined total crude oil processing capacity of 1,682,750 barrels per day.

[ Read: Colonial Pipeline Cyber Attack Exposes Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability ]

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16 Comments

  1. The signs of what’s to come are all around us.
    And they are steadily increasing.
    Only fools ignore them.
    The old tried and true Boy Scout Motto “Be Prepared”, is truer today than it ever was.
    The Bible has many references as to what happens to those who ignore the signs and fail to prepare.
    And when the final domino falls, it will come “as a thief in the night”. (Biblical reference.)
    Too late to prepare.

  2. From taking a peek at your “Map of gasoline terminals in the United States:” it sure seems to me that you-ole-boys back east sure do use a LOT of fuel. hehehehe

    The interesting thing, take a hard look at the number of “Terminals” around the Country, and tell me there is not just a little Fuel stocked up, and yet the day the Pipeline is shut down the price of Fuel jumps $o.15 the very first day, AND there are magically shortages. Hummmm

    Follow the Money.

    AND just like that, when the Pipeline does start flowing again, does anyone really think the price of Fuel will drop back down??? Yeah right, and I have some swamp land in Arizona for sale.

    1. NRP & Blue,
      Ol’Son you gotta get with the program! They have re-defined the word “shortages” ( just like they have redefined a lot of words to mean what they want.) “Shortages” now means that if they leave just one customer wanting for fuel, for more than 2 minutes, you got a full blown crisis. This allows them to use the words “Scarce Resources”, which are also redefined, and allows them to jack the price. Kinda like how “Infrastructure” now means anything and everything they want to fund. and when i say “they”, you know who i am talking about.

  3. If electric is down, so are the gas stations, terminals and refineries. Transportation whether fossil fuel or electric will grind to a halt, food and supplies will be stopped, and you know the rest.

    I am more concerned our grid will be the next target for these hackers, and it won’t be only ransomware for money, but an enemy like China or Russia doing it to destroy us as they sit back and watch us kill each other over a candy bar. Covid didn’t do the trick, but something more sinister will if our grid is not protected.

    1. ABB (Asea Brown Boveri) and others sell capacitive ground transformer protection equipment to mitigate the E3 pulse to prevent damage to large utility transformers during a emp. Who will buy it though?

    2. China or Russia?
      Remember
      “Never let a crisis go to waste”
      Every disaster furthers the left’s shift towards socialism so it could very well be them.
      Our own lefty Gov.

      That pipeline has manual controls, aged and necessary it wasn’t always operated completely through computers.

  4. It would be prudent for the U S to have oil in storage but , follow the $$$$ as NRP mentioned. Oil is a critical component of our way of life in this country and the “shortage” situation is felt immediately as has been recently shown. Is it a controlled situation ? time will tell . As Ken mentioned, the trucking situation would rapidly show up in the delivery of goods as it has in the gas scenario.
    Electricity is the critical weak link in the chain for so many things. Electricity loss for a few weeks or months will quickly launch us back into the 1800’s . Fuel powered generators cannot even begin to supply the power needs to the public for any length of time.
    Recently an electrician friend of mine who works at a hydro dam showed me a photo of a failed transformer at the dam . This is not one of the tiny transformers hanging on a power pole but a huge unit at the dam . Fortunately there was one , and only one, spare unit on site. Ordering a new one is a 5 year process from our friends in China.
    Interesting times indeed.

  5. Domestic made large utility transformer manufacturers include ABB, Hyundai, SPX, EFACEC, Mitsubishi and Pennsylvania transformer. At low market demand lead time can be six months to a year and half depending on material lead times. After an emp attack forget about that.

  6. What you want to bet the hackers who supposedly ransomwared the pipe fools is closely related to FBI CIA or some bs like that,
    Just too chatty for a real cyber hack

      1. Ya,
        In this day and age? With tech what it is,
        I would have given one of those contractors like Blackwater 5mil to start and 5 mil more when the perps were delivered,

  7. I would like to add the following map to the ones shown. Put your coffee cup down first.

    [ EDIT: Ken adds: I’ve inserted your map up in the article. Thanks for sharing! ]

    Don’t even think about New Madrid Seismic Zone becoming active. Or, according to businessinsider.com:

    Data from the US Geological Survey shows that parts of Houston have sunk around 10 to 12 feet since the 1920s. Today, the city’s northwestern areas are sinking by as much as 2 inches per year. Same for New Orleans.

    Ya think all them pipes down will bend enough so they won’t not break?

    1. Is that sinking land mass related to aquifer depletion?
      The ground sinks/lowers over time as the water is removed?

      1. – Don’t remember the name of the aquifer under Houston; Do remember that it is reported to have a 100-foot decline over the past few years.
        – Papa S.

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