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(Local 15 Mobile)   Old oil rigs in the Gulf are rich habitats teeming with sealife. But they're also kind of an eyesore. So in its infinite wisdom, your government is wasting billions of dollars to make the situation a lot worse   ( divider line
    More: Fail, gulf, Yacht charter, confidential source, water column, habitats, fisheries management, Feinstein, emergency medicines  
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2013-02-11 06:06:15 AM  
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Prospero424: Having been SCUBA diving off of gulf rigs many times, I can imagine the loss of habitat. Those things were always teeming. It's a shame.

That being said, I don't really think it's a good idea long-term to have to just leave every single (permanent)  rig ever built standing in place until they collapse into the ocean through decay.

Seems like there's some middle ground here to be had...

Actually, there is.

As a ROV pilot who's company often gets contracts to decommission the old rigs, I can tell you with 100% certainty we do not use explosives. Our method is to take the ROV and start cutting the rig apart after the topside package is removed. The subsea structure is then either removed for recycling or (more often than not) "reefed". Reefing is when we ensure all environmental hazards are removed and create an artificial reef. If the wells under these rigs are still viable, we clear the area and build the reef in an area that will ensure the wildlife can live unmolested.

We believe in no harm to people, the environment or equipment. (In that order)

Blowing up rigs is asinine and stupid (and prevents me from working!)
2013-02-11 02:43:33 AM  
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Or maybe DeepStar Six .  Hmmm...
2013-02-11 12:11:10 AM  
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So some of the work is going to kill a few fish, but in the end, provide good habitat.
2013-02-10 11:13:39 PM  
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2013-02-10 11:00:20 PM  
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Keep in mind that not all rigs are fixed in place.  Here's a handy illustration of the various platform types in use:
2013-02-10 10:54:41 PM  
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Jument: Why are they blowing them up?

One reason (total guess) might be that they are a navigational hazard, which seems like it could be a serious problem. Still, explosives seems like a bad idea. You'd think that when they are erected they would be built so that they could be removed relatively easily. Of course, the oil must flow and damn the consequences.

You expect foresight from the oil industry?  On environmental issues?
2013-02-10 10:43:00 PM  
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Obviously the first thing that we should do is abolish and disband the government.
2013-02-10 09:06:03 PM  
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The only time I have ever heard of the government doing anything without doing an eco-system study and a bunch of other red-tape stuff.  Must be some rich guy called his congressman because he didn't like sailing past the rusty hulks.

It is the fish's fault anyway, the notice was clearly filed in the basement of Hall of Records under demolitions scheduled, in North Dakota.
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