NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two major petroleum companies have evacuated offshore operations in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico with the approach of Tropical Storm Don.
The storm is expected to make landfall Friday in southeastern
Royal Dutch Shell said it planned to have 195 workers evacuated
from its Perdido Spar deepwater development by the end of Thursday.
The company said it has shut down production, but did not provide
figures on how much would be closed off.
ExxonMobil said it is evacuating an undisclosed number of
non-essential workers from its offshore operations in the region.
ExxonMobil said its production shutdown would total about 8,000
barrels of oil per day, along with 50 million cubic feet of natural
gas per day.