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Reefer Madness

Turning oil rigs into reefs saves money and marine life, yet many greens oppose it.
Posted on June 14, 2014

WHEN an offshore well stops producing oil, what should be done with the rig? One option is to haul it ashore, break it up and recycle it. This is expensive. For a big, deep-water oil or gas platform, it can cost $200m. Just hiring a derrick barge massive enough to do the job can cost $700,000 a day. But there is an alternative: simply leave most of the structure where it is. That is what you would expect a greedy oil firm to do: despoil the ocean just to save a lousy few million dollars. The surprise is, the cheap option may actually be greener.

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

Twenty Congressmen join call for moratorium on rig removals

Efforts to save marine habitat gain support from across the country
Posted on July 26, 2012

A letter from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar calling for a moratorium on rig removals due to the federal government’s Idle Iron policy will carry the signatures of 20 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, an impressive bi-partisan display of concern for marine habitat in the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

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.