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Gulf of Mexico oil, gas production returns after tropical storm

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported that 95,591 barrels of oil per day, or 5.62% of crude production in the Gulf of Mexico, was still shut-in Sept. 6 as a result of the Tropical Storm Gordon, which has since dissipated. This was down from 159,085 bbl/d, or 9.36% of the regions's oil production, on Sept. 5.

As of Sept. 6, about 143.08 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, or 5.59% of gas output in the Gulf, remained shut-in, down from 266.08 MMcf/d, or 9.06% of production, reported Sept. 5.

Workers from 12 of the 687 manned platforms in the Gulf were still evacuated as of Sept. 6, down from 48 platforms the day prior.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. moved personnel back to the Horn Mountain and Marlin facilities Sept. 5, with plans to restart production as safely and quickly as possible. None of its other operated and producing facilities in the Gulf of Mexico were affected by the storm, the company said.

Ahead of the storm, Exxon had evacuated offshore personnel and shut its Mobile Bay facilities. The major also evacuated its Lena platform, with minimal impact to production, it said.

Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border late Sept. 4, avoiding most major production areas and Gulf Coast refineries.