Oil companies all along the Gulf Coast are bracing for Hurricane Delta's heavy rains and high winds.
Energy companies have been shutting down offshore oil platforms and pulling their teams ahead of Delta making landfall. Royal Dutch Shell, BP, and BHP evacuated non-essential personnel earlier in week. Oil expert Phil Barnett, with Barnett Energy, says the good news is the companies have had some time to prepare.
“They’ve got protocols in place to make sure that not only every person is safe and secure, but the facilities are, so that in the event of a worst case scenario the damage can be minimum,” Barnett said.
Delta could bring a storm surge from Texas all the way to Florida. Offshore oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico account for 17 percent of nation's crude production, according to the Energy Information Administration.