Energy Sector Powers Southwest Louisiana
Tucked away in Southwest Louisiana, Lake Charles is the next stop in our #SiliconCitiesUSA series.
In the coming weeks, we’re partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute to highlight the many ways America’s energy industry responded in the devastating wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. To learn more, visit GEI’s Energy Strong campaign.
In the wake Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, countless members of America’s energy industry worked alongside first responders and law enforcement officials to evacuate those in danger, limit the damage to affected communities, and begin the process of restoring critical energy sources.
Chris Brown and his colleagues at Golden Pass LNG were among those who jumped to action.
Located about an hour east of Houston, Brown’s community in Nederland, Texas was pummeled by more than 60 inches of rain by Hurricane Harvey, leaving more than 80 percent of homes in the area flooded. As a Golden Pass specialist and an avid duck hunter with a boat capable of navigating the region, Chris and several of his coworkers rescued more than 500 people following the storm.
Brown also helped repair a downed Coast Guard rescue boat and opened his home to other volunteers who traveled to the area to lend a hand.
“To me, community is being selfless,” said Brown, who has worked for Golden Pass for nearly a decade. “The Coast Guard and National Guard, they couldn’t be everywhere at once. It was everyone coming together – this whole community was coming together.”
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