With Hurricane Katrina heading for the northern Gulf it looks like as much as 1.5 million barrels of oil per day and 10 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day could be shut down in the Gulf of Mexico. And if any major platforms suffer damage this could have ramifications for months to come. Also, I imagine the refineries in the New Orleans area will be shut down with what could be a category 4 or even 5 hurricane coming ashore. I sure hope none of these plants suffer damage. But I imagine that the ususal suspects - the oil companies and the Bush administration - will be blamed for the subsequent rise in oil and gasoline prices. Let's pray for everyone in the path of this storm. Having been through a major storm, Hurricane Celia, in 1970 which had a gust measured at 180 mph I know what anyone riding this out will going through.