Associated Press - August 30, 2008 3:54 PM ET
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than three-quarters of the Gulf of Mexico's offshore oil production had been cut off.
Energy companies have evacuated petroleum platforms in the face of Hurricane Gustav.
The federal Minerals Management Service says the platform shutdowns also cut off 37% of the Gulf's daily production of natural gas. The agency says 717 staffed production platforms and 121 drilling rigs are currently operating in the Gulf.
About 35,000 people work in the Gulf, staffing offshore rigs and production facilities.
Forecasters say Hurricane Gustav could reach the Gulf Coast early Tuesday.
May the people of New Orleans be safe.