— Oil companies are evacuating some Gulf of Mexico oil rigs in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac.
For now the storm is close to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. But oil installations would be at risk if it heads to the Gulf of Mexico and reaches hurricane strength.
BP said Friday it has begun evacuating all workers from its Thunder Horse platform in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and will suspend oil and natural gas production there. It is also evacuating non-essential workers from offshore facilities in the central Gulf.
Apache Corp., the oil services company, said it is evacuating non-essential workers in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. is clearing non-essential crew from a rig in the central Gulf Friday and Saturday. It also plans to evacuate a rig off Pascagoula, Miss., on Monday. Diamond said it does not plan currently to evacuate workers on its third rig in the western Gulf.