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Savannah could play a prominent role in efforts to beef up the state’s oil supplies and halt further crises like the one hurricanes caused last month when they severed Georgia’s petroleum lifeline to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico.
That possibility emerged Tuesday as a study committee of state representatives began a round of talks on further developing oil pipelines, refineries and offshore oil exploration for Georgia’s short- and long-term needs.
Crude oil could be shipped into the port of Savannah and refined nearby, opening a second outlet for supplies that usually head to Gulf state refineries, said Rep. Steve “Thunder” Tumlin, R-Marietta, the vice chairman of the panel.
Those refineries were forced to stop production when hurricanes Gustav and Ike hit, knocking out power supplies.
Refining oil here would help prevent soaring prices and empty pumps that much of Georgia suffered through in the wake of hurricanes Gustav and Ike, Tumlin said.