MMS Says Hurricane Dennis Damage is Slight

The Minerals Management Service reports that the damage caused by Hurricane Dennis to oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico was extremely light.

MMS Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Chris Oynes noted that "our preliminary report is that the damage from Hurricane Dennis was extremely light. This was much lighter than Hurricane Ivan was last year. The eye of the hurricane was about 120 miles farther east than Ivan's was in the deeper water sections of the Gulf and thus the impact to the platforms and rigs was minimal. The path of the hurricane carried it mostly over open water with no oil and gas operations."

The damage that was noted was small amounts of missing handrails and steel grating from the lower levels of the platforms. There was no reported damage to the transportation pipelines and a very small number of damage reports to infield flowlines.

At the present time no link has been established between the hurricane and the damage to the Thunder Horse facility, however, an investigation is underway.

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