OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Independent oil and gas producer Gulfport Energy Corp. said Monday that it has begun evacuating field personnel at its West Cote Blanche Bay operations west of New Orleans ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac.
The company based in Oklahoma City also said it has begun moving all marine equipment to safe harbor, including drilling and completion rigs.
The move comes as the tropical storm continued to pick up steam over the Gulf of Mexico. Isaac is expected to strengthen into a hurricane on a path that likely will bring its center over southeastern Louisiana by Wednesday.
Gulfport Energy shares ended regular trading up 18 cents at $25.28.