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Shale oil boom softens the energy blow from Harvey

Harvey spawns catastrophic flooding
Harvey spawns catastrophic flooding

Hurricane Harvey took direct aim at the country’s Gulf Coast energy machine. But the blow is being softened by huge supplies of shale.

The shale revolution didn’t exist when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita pummeled the Gulf a decade ago and sent gas prices soaring. This time, hotbeds of shale in places like North Dakota, far from the reach of the storm, should limit the damage at the pump.

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