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September 2, 2011

Oil, Gas Production Curtailed in Gulf

U.S. NEWS SEPTEMBER 2, 2011, 5:15 P.M. ET

By ARIAN CAMPO-FLORES

Tropical Storm Lee roiled the Gulf of Mexico south of the Louisiana coast on Friday, forcing oil and gas producers to halt operations and threatening to cause extensive flooding in New Orleans and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

This satellite image taken early Friday afternoon shows Tropical Storm Lee producing thick clouds over the central Gulf of Mexico.

Calling the storm a “super soaker,” forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said it could dump 10 to 15 inches of rain throughout the region and trigger a storm surge of two to four feet. Lee, which was packing 40 mile-per-hour winds, was expected to continue strengthening and make landfall on the Southern Louisiana coast possibly Sunday. While it was unlikely to become a hurricane, NHC director Bill Read said in a conference call with reporters that he “would not rule that out.”

Lee’s slow and erratic movement could cause it to meander in the Gulf Coast region for days, flooding low-lying areas. “You’re going to have a pile-up of water,” said Ken Graham, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in New Orleans, on the conference call.

The storm forced oil and gas producers to shut down almost half of the oil production and one-third of the natural-gas output in the Gulf on Friday, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. They also evacuated personnel from more than a quarter of the manned operating platforms, the agency said.

In states throughout the affected region, officials began activating emergency plans. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared an emergency, as did 10 parishes, in anticipation of potential tidal surges and flash flooding in the southern part of the state.

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One Comment
  1. leonnesilvertear permalink
    September 13, 2011 5:28 PM

    Having our economy dependent on so few forms of fuel worries me. Pearl gemstone is found in Gulf of Manar in Sri Lanka, The Persian Gulf, Bay of Bengal, Mexico, Australia & Japan. At least it has multiple sources.

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