Some oil production in the Gulf of Mexico returned Monday, as companies began to recover from Hurricane Harvey.
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An estimated 18.9% of the Gulf’s 1.75 million barrels per day of crude output was offline, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). That’s down from a Sunday estimate of 22%. The agency said 98 platforms remained evacuated, while seven returned to action.
The BSEE also determined that natural gas production improved. Approximately 18.1% of production was shut down, compared to 25.7% a day earlier.
Gas prices are expected to rise across the country in the coming days after Harvey, now a tropical storm churning near the Gulf Coast, forced refineries and oil platforms to shut down. Harvey also affected shale oilfields and some pipelines that transport crude oil to refineries.