Interior secretary assesses gulf hurricane damage

04/10/2006
Offshore oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico survived the one-two punch of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita reasonably well, with no loss of life or significant spills, Sec. of the Interior Gale Norton said Oct. 4.Of the 4,000 platforms that the Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service administers, 3,050 were in the paths of the hurricanes, she told reporters at a Washington briefing.A preliminary damage assessment indicates that 108 of the older “end of life” structures not built to MMS’s upgraded design standards were destroyed, according to Norton. They represented 1.7% of the Gulf’s oil production and 0.9% of its gas production.A further 5...
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