Industry passes Ivan’s test, prepares for next

05/23/2005
Nature gave the safety of offshore oil and gas operations a severe test last year.Hurricane Ivan caused no loss of life and no major pollution Sept. 13-16 when it ripped through the Gulf of Mexico with winds as strong as 140 mpg and 150 platforms and 10,000 miles of pipeline in its path.It did destroy seven platforms in shallow water with mud slides. And it caused damage to 24 other platforms in various water depths that the Minerals Management Service calls significant. MMS says 102 pipelines needed repair.By any standard, this is a direct hit. Yet, while the blow interrupted more than 10% of the Gulf of Mexico’s oil and gas production for at least 4 months, environmental damage wa...
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