Petroleum Production Cut Off As Tropical Storm Don Approaches

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal regulators say 11 offshore petroleum production platforms have been shuttered in the Gulf of Mexico with the approach of Tropical Storm Don.

The storm is expected to make landfall today (Friday) in southeastern Texas. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said Thursday that about 6.8% of normal Gulf oil production had been cut off, along with 2.8% of normal natural gas production following personnel evacuations.

That's just under 95,000 barrels of oil per day and 148 million cubic feet of gas per day.