Brownell: Gulf disruptions underscore US gas problems

Continued disruption by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita of natural gas supplies from the Gulf of Mexico illustrates “a problem we have been trying to ignore,” says Nora Brownell of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.“We have insufficient [gas] supplies to support our economy,” she told a Ziff Energy Group conference on gas storage in Houston. “We cannot rely on one geographic region.”The US Minerals Management Service said Mar. 8 that 87 platforms on federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico are still idle as a result of damage inflicted when Katrina roared through the central gulf last August, followed by Rita in September. Some 1.4 bcfd, o...

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