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32 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE JUNE 9.2014 U.S. GULF REPORT SPECIAL REPORT TH E N U M B E R S LOO K like t y pos: M o r e t h a n $ 1 0 0 b i l l i o n i n pet rochem ica l ma nufac t u r i ng con st r uc t ion i s u nder way or planned across the U.S., mostly in Texas a nd Louisia na. That 's billion, with a "b", and it's a con - ser vat ive ta lly. The f ina l tota l could rise much higher. Th is f ren z y of const r uct ion is a direct result of the boom in shale oil and gas drilling, which i s sup erch a r g i ng t he reg ion's economy and driving expansion and increased volume at U.S. Gulf ports from the Mexican border to the Mississippi River. A manufacturing rebound fueled by shale drilling sparks rapid growth in cargoes at Gulf ports By Joseph Bonney

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