NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Oil companies are beginning to return workers to drilling rigs and production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore sites in the gulf were abandoned as the storm that became Hurricane Isaac approached. As of Friday, more than 94 percent of the daily oil production in the Gulf had been shut in. But production is expected to ramp up soon. Companies began redeploying workers Friday and updated production figures are expected Saturday afternoon.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says that, when Isaac was approaching, 499 of 596 oil and gas production platforms were evacuated, as were 48 of 76 rigs that were drilling for oil or gas in the Gulf.

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