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Officials say 2 drilling rigs adrift off La. coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Minerals Management Service says there are two confirmed reports of drilling rigs adrift in the central Gulf of Mexico.

Spokeswoman Eileen Angelico said Saturday the rigs are about 100 miles off the Louisiana coast. Then-Hurricane Ike landed near the nation's biggest complex of refineries and petrochemical plants.

She says her agency, industry experts and the Coast Guard are monitoring the paths of the rigs.

Regional director Lars Herbst says the rigs have been relatively stationary for several hours. He says they expect tugs to approach to secure the rigs when sea conditions allow.

The Department of Energy says 13 Texas refineries had been shut down because of Ike. In Louisiana, refineries were just coming back online after Hurricane Gustav.

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