Stop Federal Plans to Destroy Coral Reefs

Posted on March 01, 2012 by Doug Olander

The U.S. Department of the Interior wants to blow up living coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s not a joke — far from it. A ruling issued by DOI requires oil companies to destroy and remove decommissioned oil platforms from the Gulf within five years. Were those rigs today just as they had begun — huge towers of metal sunk deeply into the ocean floor — the DOI mandate would make some sense. But they’re not.

Over the course of many years, these structures have become the complex inner skeletons of vibrant, living coral reefs. In addition, they now host entire diverse ecosystems, from plankton to apex predators.
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Issues: Rigs to Reefs