A government agency says nearly 13 percent of the Gulf of Mexico's daily oil production was shut off because of production platform evacuations forced by Tropical Storm Cindy.
In a survey of oil companies, the U-S Minerals Management Service says 85 platforms had been evacuated and shut down yesterday. It says eleven drilling rigs were left idle by the storm.
The agency says oil being kept off the market amounted to 12-point-seven percent of the Gulf's normal daily production of one-and-a-half (M) million barrels. It says natural gas that was shut in amounted to seven-and-a-half percent of the Gulf's normal daily production of ten (B) billion cubic feet.
The Gulf of Mexico has 819 staffed production platforms and 135 rigs.
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