Jun 29, 2010 9:45 PM by Chris Welty
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal agency that regulates offshore
oil and gas says Gulf of Mexico operators are evacuating platforms
and rigs in the path of Tropical Storm Alex.
Eileen Angelico of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,
Regulation, and Enforcement says they are on the western edge of
The bureau estimates that has halted nearly one-quarter of the
Gulf's oil production and more than 9 percent of its natural gas
It says morning reports indicate 28 of 634 manned production
platforms and three of 51 drilling rigs were evacuated Tuesday.
It says drilling rigs and containment vessels involved in the BP
PLC oil spill response are continuing their work.
The bureau estimates March energy production from the Gulf at
1.6 million barrels of oil per day and 6.4 billion cubic feet of
gas per day.