A tropical depression sweeping toward the U.S. Gulf Coast has forced a reduction in oil production in the Gulf of Mexico by more than 10 percent.
Operators shut down about 11.5 percent of oil production and 5.5 percent of natural gas output in the gulf by midday on Monday, according to the Bureau of Environmental Safety and Enforcement.
The shut-ins are a common measure to taken for safety and environmental reasons, the bureau said. Personnel had been evacuated from just six of the 781 production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, while a handful of other types of rigs had also seen evacuations.
The drillers were responding to Tropical Depression 9, a weather system with sustained wind of 35 miles per hour that is drenching Cuba with torrential rain. The National Weather Service said it would likely issue a tropical storm warning for Florida on Tuesday.
Path of Tropical Depression 9 and Gulf rigs