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Trump signs disaster proclamation as Harvey hits Texas

Staff Writer |
President Donald Trump signed a disaster proclamation for the state of Texas as Hurricane Harvey began to move onto the coast.

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Trump said on Twitter that he had signed the declaration at the request of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, adding that doing so "unleashes the full force of government help."

About 22 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production is offline due to Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

That equates to roughly 377,117 barrels of oil per day, out of the roughly 1.75 million barrels pumped daily from the Gulf.

About 23.2 percent of Gulf natural gas production is offline due to Harvey, or about 748 million cubic feet per day, BSEE said.

Roughly 86 platforms have been evacuated in the Gulf so far, about 12 percent in the region. Four of the 10 drilling rigs in the Gulf have also been evacuated, BSEE said.

BSEE tabulates the data by polling 30 Gulf operators.

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