Gustav snapshots: 'Significant' sheen, downed power lines

entergy_lines_down Just a few of the major transmission lines down in Louisiana. (Entergy photo).

The reports on Gustav-related damage to the energy infrastructure continue to trickle in and they don’t seem catastrophic. The Minerals Management Service said that production is slowly starting to creep back:

From the operators’ reports, it is estimated that approximately 95.8 % of the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in. [it was 100 percent Tuesday] Estimated current oil production from the Gulf of Mexico is 1.3 million barrels of oil per day. It is also estimated that approximately 91.6 % of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in. [it was around 95 percent Tuesday]

But onshore massive power outages continue to hamper the start-up of refineries and some pipelines. Entergy is reporting more than 800,000 customers still without power and many of its major transmission lines down. Restoration could take weeks.
And then there’s this from Bloomberg:

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) — Hurricane Gustav may be as disruptive to oil drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Katrina three years ago, Baker Hughes Inc. Chief Executive Officer Chad Deaton said.
Baker Hughes, the world’s third-largest oilfield-services provider, hasn’t been able to reach 20 of the 43 Gulf installations evacuated on Aug. 29 in anticipation of Gustav, Deaton said today in a presentation to analysts. Fallen power lines, blocked roads and flooding are impeding the company’s access to some storm-ravaged areas, he said.
“Although Gustav was not as destructive in many ways as Katrina, I think from a disruption standpoint it’s even more disruptive,” Deaton said during a Webcast of the presentation. “We are a little concerned” about the impact storm-related delays will have on oilfield projects in the current quarter.

bud_and_bud_lite Bud and Bud Lite are not leaking… right?

Where’s that oil spill?
We reported on the blog yesterday (and print today) that Shell officials had spotted what appeared to be an oil spill near an unidentified platform in the Gulf. Data from the National Response Center, a sort of one-stop-call for hazardous material spills run by the U.S. Coast Guard, seems to verify the call from Shell. The report notes:

The caller is reporting a sheen in the vicinity of a platfrom. The sheen was discovered during an overflight. The caller does not know what company owns the platform. The caller was not provided with sheen size information. The sheen was described as “signifcant.”

The location was a bit unclear as the report lists both Main Pass 252, which is home to pair of Shell platforms called “Bud” and “Bud Lite,” as well as the following coordinates: 29°03’12″N, 89°42’30″W. That’s essentially somewhere between Venice, La. and Grand Isle.
For more photos and video of the storm’s aftermath go to this U.S. Coast Guard site.