By Ben DuBose
As of midday Monday, evacuations are over for
platforms and rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, with nearly all
shut-in oil and natural gas facilities having resumed
operations, according to the US Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE).
No platforms or rigs were presently evacuated, the
Meanwhile, only 2.3% of Gulf oil production (31,964
bpd) and 0.9% of natural gas output (46 million cubic feet/day)
remained shut in.
Those figures were as high as 11.9% for oil and
6.2% for natural gas
on Friday, the day Tropical Storm Don rolled through the
southwestern Gulf of Mexico and made landfall near Corpus
The storm weakened upon its late Friday arrival to
the coast and quickly disintegrated over land, sparing inland
facilities from any damage or
Offshore, companies that shut in production and evacuated
personnel included Shell, Anadarko Petroleum, ExxonMobil and
resumed operations and re-manned platforms by Monday or
earlier, officials said.
BOEMRE agency said the newly-released statistics would serve as
its final update related to Don.