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Many Gulf Coast refineries shut down production as a precaution before the storm and may remain shuttered for days, even if they were not damaged, because of power outages. Federal government officials have said Ike destroyed at least 10 oil and gas platforms and damaged pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico.
But that represents only a small portion of the 3,800 production platforms in the Gulf and pales in comparison to the catastrophic damage to energy infrastructure doled out by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita three years ago.
"Lines are back up and running at reduced rates," said Steve Baker, spokesman for Colonial Pipeline in suburban Atlanta, which normally supplies 100 million gallons of petroleum products a day to the South and East Coast. "We've got power and staff at virtually every facility of ours. We're just ready and taking advantage of the supplies we can get on line."