Life in Florida is about living in the beautiful sunshine state. I have lived in Central Florida almost 20 years of my life. I live about 20 miles from the west coast and about a hour north of Orlando and Tampa. Life here is great. I came from the cold and windy city of Chicago and enjoy the life that Florida has to offer.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Oil Companies pull workers as Ida approaches
Oil companies evacuate workers as Ida approaches
By Thomas Johnson
Oil companies are evacuating workers from operations in the Gulf of Mexico as Tropical Storm Ida approaches.
Chevron Corp. said Monday it has removed enough employees to affect oil production in the Gulf. The company said in a news release that it is closely watching its Pascagoula refinery, located on the Mississippi coast between Mobile, Ala. and New Orleans, and taking "all necessary steps" to secure it ahead of the storm.
Ida was moving north-northwest about 185 miles off of the Mississippi River early Monday with winds reaching 70 mph. It was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane earlier in the day.
The storm trajectory would put it east of New Orleans and the majority of oil and gas facilities in the Gulf, but that can change quickly. Oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico account for about 25 percent of U.S. crude production and 15 percent of natural gas production.
Oil and gas producers pull workers off of platforms and from other facilities as a matter of policy if a serious storm threatens. How that affects production, and energy prices, depends on the severity of the storm.