Industry still assessing 2005 hurricane damages

In the wake of the 2005 hurricane season that shut-in much Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production for months, industry is considering various safety and precautionary measures to limit potential damages from future hurricanes.Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused the biggest disruptions ever experienced by gulf oil and gas operations, the US Department of Energy said in a final 24-page report issued early this month.Katrina made landfall near New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, entering the gulf as a Category 5 storm. It destroyed 44 platforms and damaged 20 others. It also damaged at least 100 pipelines in federal water, 6 of which were 10 in. or larger, causing the shut-in of at least 8 processin...

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