September 2, 2011

Oil Companies Brace for New Gulf Storm

Kristen Hays, Reuters


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A tropical depression hovering over the central Gulf of Mexico on Friday threatened to bring heavy flooding to the energy infrastructure-heavy U.S. Gulf Coast in the coming days.

Tropical depression 13, which could become Tropical Storm Lee later on Friday, has already prompted oil and gas producers to shut down platforms and evacuate workers from the offshore oil patch that provides about a third of the nation's oil production and about 12 percent of its natural gas.

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