.S. Department of the Interior

Minerals Management Service

Gulf of Mexico OCS Region


FOR RELEASE: April 19, 2001 Barney Congdon

(504) 736-2595

Caryl Fagot

(504) 736-2590

Debra Winbush

(504) 736-2597

Number of Rigs Drilling In Deepwater Gulf Reaches Record High of 42

The number of rigs drilling in deepwater in the Gulf of Mexico rose to a record high of 42 this week, according to the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service.