Oil Slick Causes Production Shut-in

Two platforms have stopped production and one has been evacuated as a safety measure due to the oil slick caused by the blow-out of the Macondo well. Approximately 6.2 million cubic feet of natural gas is shut-in. This is less than one-tenth of a percent of daily gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.

Minerals Management Service (MMS) spokesman John Callahan said: "We are not releasing specific names of the platforms, and we cannot speculate on how long they will be shut in or if others will do so as well." He also said that the actions were taken as a safety measure.

The unified command continues with a comprehensive oil-well intervention and spill-response plan following the April 22 sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. Nearly 2,000 personnel are involved in the response effort with additional resources being mobilized as needed. The federal government has been fully engaged in the response since the incident occurred April 20.

The Minerals Management Service remains in contact with all oil and gas operators in the sheen area.

Response crews worked through the night using a ROV to dispense 3,000 gallons of sub-surface dispersant at a rate of nine gallons per minute. BP and NOAA are evaluating the results of the test procedure to determine its feasibility for continued use.

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