Idle Iron

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Policy shift favors artificial reefing

Federal agency clears important hurdles to increased reefing of offshore energy platforms
Posted on June 27, 2013

Legislation seeks to keep artificial reefs in the Gulf

Sen. Vitter files bill to streamline process, expand reefing areas for energy structures
Posted on May 31, 2013

Counting Fish: Gulf of Mexico Artificial Reef Survey

Posted on July 13, 2012

More than three thousand offshore oil and gas platforms currently stand in the Gulf of Mexico. Federal regulations have long required companies to remove everything from the sea once a well ceases production, and over the past several decades, hundreds of structures have been toppled into deep water or towed to shore to become scrap metal.

Rep. Palazzo calls for moratorium on rig removals

CCA applauds Mississippi congressman’s efforts to halt destruction of marine habitat
Posted on June 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – At a breakfast briefing hosted by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation this morning, Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) presented the concerns of the recreational angling community over the Department of Interior’s controversial Idle Iron directive and closed by inviting fellow Congressmen to sign onto a letter requesting a moratorium on rig removals.

Rep. Farenthold steps up for Gulf anglers

CCA applauds Texas Congressman’s strong opposition to misguided Idle Iron directive
Posted on May 11, 2012

In the latest display of opposition to an unpopular federal directive, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tx) is calling for the Department of Interior to reconsider its Idle Iron policy that stands to dismantle critical marine habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. The Idle Iron directive, issued by the Department in the immediate aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, orders non-producing oil and gas rigs and other structures in offshore waters to be removed within five years of the issuance of the directive.

CCA applauds Louisiana senator for effort to avert rig removals

Posted on September 14, 2011

Coastal Conservation Association is applauding Sen. David Vitter (R-La) for legislation filed today that will prevent rigs and other structures from being summarily removed from the Gulf of Mexico.