DOE: Storms caused biggest disruption ever in gulf

08/07/2006
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused the biggest disruptions ever experienced by oil and operations in the Gulf of Mexico, said the US Department of Energy in its final 24-page report on the impact of the two storms in August and September of 2005.The US Minerals Management Service estimated 3,050 of the 4,000 offshore platforms and 22,000 of the 33,000 miles of pipelines in the US sector of the gulf were in the direct path of either Katrina or Rita. Moreover, damage inflicted by the two storms both offshore and onshore impacted 47 major gas processing plants and 17 NGL fractionation sites in 70 counties and parishes along the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama-facilities ...
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