PENSACOLA, FLA. -- Oil companies began securing offshore drilling platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico and pulling workers back to shore as Isaac moved through the Caribbean and now the storm is in the Gulf bearing down on the rigs.
Companies followed their established procedures for these storms.
BP said it had been evacuating workers from its Thunder Horse Platform in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and had recalled all non-essential personnel from offshore facilities in the central Gulf of Mexico.
Other platform operators had been putting their own storm plans into play.
The plans vary from one company to the next, but all of them have common features such as taking steps to ensure the safety of workers and to ensure that, should a rig become wreckage, it won't create an environmental catastrophe.
The Deepwater Horizon accident, even though it took place under calm conditions with no sign of storms, put a renewed focus on oil safety in the Gulf.