56 platforms shut down as Don moves across Gulf
NEW ORLEANS - Tropical Storm Don shut down 56 offshore petroleum platforms Friday as it made its way across the central Gulf of Mexico.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said the platforms were evacuated in advance of the storm, shutting in just under 12 percent of the daily oil production in the Gulf, along with just over 6 percent of the normal natural gas production.
That amounts to about 166,000 barrels of oil and 327 million cubic feet of gas.
The federal agency also said personnel had been evacuated from four of the 62 drilling rigs currently working the Gulf.
Don is expected to reach the coast of Texas late Friday or early Saturday.