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Oil, gas workers return to Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Michael

Workers remain evacuated from only 9 of 687 staffed platforms

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MIAMI – Oil and gas workers are returning to drilling rigs and production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, but production remains down by about one-third as operations are restarted.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a report Friday that 32.4 percent of oil production and a little more than 13 percent of natural gas production in the Gulf remained shut down.

The agency bases its estimates on daily reports from operators.

The bureau says workers remained evacuated from only nine of the 687 staffed platforms in the Gulf, and that all unmoored rigs that were moved as the storm approached have returned to their drilling spots.