A drilling rig that blocked the Gulf’s oil flow last week was not responsible for a surge in the Gulf oil production, an analysis of the latest data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found.
The agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and industry analysts say the rig was not a factor in a surge of the Gulf Gulf’s production.
But the agency, which is working on a new strategy for drilling in the gulf, is concerned that the oil company drilling in it could be responsible for another surge.
The Gulf, the largest oil-rich and most lucrative oil-producing region in the world, is in the middle of a devastating El Niño event, which has raised the sea surface temperatures in the area and contributed to rising sea levels. The El Niño is not expected to last as long as its predecessors, which have been among the most damaging in the past century, and scientists say that if it does, the surge in production could be even more devastating.
Last week, the rig stopped oil flow in the vicinity of the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, which accounts for about half of the state’s oil output.
On Wednesday, the oilfield service company known as XTO, owned by Noble Energy, said in a statement that the rig had slowed production by about 3,600 barrels per day.
But in an email to The Huffington Press, the company said that the average monthly production for the last two months had been just over 7,200 barrels per month, meaning that the actual number of barrels per week produced was far below the 3,300-barrel-per-day figure cited by XTO.
“It’s very unlikely that this is the cause for a significant spike in production in the last 24 hours,” said Matt Clements, the chief science officer for the oil industry watchdog, the Petroleum Products Manufacturers Association.
“There’s no indication that the slowdown is due to the rig.”
The industry says that the El Niño-related surge in oil production has led to a drop in demand for gasoline in the region.
Last month, a report by the National Petroleum Council (NPC) said that gasoline demand in the U,S., fell 8.7 percent in July from the same month last year.
But that was the second straight month that demand in some parts of the U.,S.
fell below pre-El Niño levels.
As a result, the PCC has suggested that oil prices could start to rise again.
But it said that a drop of 5 percent in demand could result in gasoline prices rising back to pre- El Niño levels by the end of the year.
“We have a lot of questions about why that didn’t happen,” Clements said.
“The market’s response to the El Nino and the UAW [United Auto Workers] strike have been extremely low.
We’re not seeing the kind of price appreciation we were seeing last year and we’re not having the kind with the PCE that we’d like to see.”
The PCE is the UAH union that represents about 40 percent of oil and gas workers in the United States, according to its website.
The PCA, which represents about 20 percent of the workforce, has been in a strike-strewn standoff with oil and natural gas companies over a contract.
That dispute has also created tension between the oil and mining industries, with some analysts saying that the energy industry is seeking a higher wage.
But Clements pointed out that many of the workers who are striking have had no say in the terms of the contract.
“You have the oil companies and the coal companies, the natural gas miners, and the mining companies, who are all going to be impacted by this,” he said.
The Sierra Club, an environmental group, said that while the slowdown in production has been caused by the rig, the problem is not limited to the Gulf.
The group said that even if the rig is the sole cause of the surge, “there’s still plenty of oil out there that is still in the ground.”