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Katrina Pipeline Damage More Than First Thought

Hurricane Katrina did more damage to underwater oil and natural gas pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico than previously thought, according to the U.S. agency that oversees offshore energy production.

The head of the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service, Johnnie Burton, said two weeks ago that Katrina did not do as much damage to offshore pipelines as Hurricane Ivan did a year earlier.

However, Burton’s estimate turned out to be too optimistic, and the damage is much worse. “It appears that way,” said MMS spokesman Gary Strasburg, who pointed out that Burton’s comments were based on initial data available at the time.
Yahoo! News

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