Rigs, platforms evacuated ahead of Alex

June 29, 2010 8:03:33 PM PDT
The federal agency that regulates offshore oil and gas says Gulf of Mexico operators are evacuating platforms and rigs in the path of Hurricane Alex.

Eileen Angelico of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement says they are on the western edge of the gulf.

The bureau estimates that has halted nearly one-quarter of the Gulf's oil production and more than 9 percent of its natural gas production.

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.

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