- Associated Press - Sunday, August 27, 2017

The federal agency in charge of offshore drilling says oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico are evacuating platforms and rigs in response to Tropical Storm Harvey.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in an email Sunday that it has been monitoring and working with offshore operators so that the storm doesn’t threaten energy-related commercial activities in the Gulf.

The bureau said that as of midday Sunday, personnel have been evacuated from a total of 105 production platforms, or about 14 percent of the nearly 740 manned platforms in the gulf. Personnel have also been evacuated from five rigs. One rig was moved out of the storm’s path.

The bureau says facilities will be inspected after the storm passes.

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