New Orleans, LA – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says the storm shut off 61 percent of oil production and 46 percent of natural gas operations. The evacuation process includes shutting underwater valves -- many from a remote location -- to prevent releases of oil and gas as the storm passes. Remaining wind gusts and heavy seas are still an obstacle to crews getting back to their offshore jobs. Federal regulators will inspect the rigs and platforms before they're brought back on line.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.