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Post-storm oil, gas production continues upward

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Posted: Sep 8, 2011 2:15 PM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS - Oil and natural gas production continues to return to levels before Tropical Storm Lee visited the Gulf of Mexico.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said Thursday that five of 617 staffed production platforms in the Gulf were still evacuated.

That's shut in just under 15 percent of the Gulf's normal daily oil production - or about 206,000 barrels.

About 7 percent of the normal natural gas production - or 363 million cubic feet - also is
shut down.

Two of the 70 drilling rigs currently operating in the Gulf remained shut down Thursday.

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