Fish Co-opt Oil Rigs despite state ru...

Fish Co-opt Oil Rigs despite state rule saying these 'artificia...

There are 7 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Jun 7, 2009, titled Fish Co-opt Oil Rigs despite state rule saying these 'artificia.... In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

What's to be done with California's offshore oil rigs once they have outlived their usefulness? One option: Remove them entirely from the ocean floor and restore the marine environment to its original state, as is California's current policy.

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Alejandro Salazar

Huntington Beach, CA

#1 Jun 8, 2009
Getting money and helping the environment. Our idot politicians could not allow that. They have to stick it to the "rich" at any cost. Even if environment suffers and at the end poor consumer pays the bill at the end of a day anyway.
Robert J G Jackson Sr

Long Beach, CA

#2 Jun 8, 2009
Don't we sink retired ships to form such reefs at great expense? Why would we ever remove marine habitat, killing millions of fish in the process through the use of explosives? Cutting off the platforms at a depth of 85 feet or so makes perfect sense. If we were to choose the process of moving the fist, we would first have to catch them, and then, as the article states, once moved to a different environment, 25% of them would simply return to the platform area anyway, only to be killed in the process of removing the platform. Apparently, the oil drilling platforms serve a very useful purpose beyond their intended use of drilling for undersea oil. One more reason to begin offshore drilling along the Outer Continental Shelf and develop our own resources for oil, instead of paying the Arabs, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela for their oil. Although it's now legal, the government is currently standing in the way of such development.
Michael Ejercito

La Puente, CA

#3 Jun 8, 2009
Greeniacs have no connection with reality.
Kelly M Bray

Long Beach, CA

#4 Jun 8, 2009
Why don't we build fishing platforms on them and charge people to fish? Use the money to pay for environmental cleanup. I miss the old barge my dad and I used to go fishing on off Redondo Beach.

Beverly Hills, CA

#5 Jun 8, 2009
A no brainer, Leave um alone many times I've fished the oil rigs from sportboats .. Seem to be many bigs reds at the onesin C I
michael lee

United States

#6 Jun 8, 2009
Nice article. Well said. I say we keep the oil rigs around. It had been there for many years and it is an important part of the marine life.

Norwalk, CA

#7 Jun 8, 2009
Kelly M Bray wrote:
Why don't we build fishing platforms on them and charge people to fish? Use the money to pay for environmental cleanup...
Ohhh, Kelly... haven't you learned after all this time? Nothing that makes any sense gets done.

This is how it works...

Several million dollars will be spent by "whoever", a cost that will be passed on to the consumer (you, me and everyone else) and the platforms will be dismantled, then removed.

After that, a derelict ship will be "de-toxified" and towed to the sight, costing another several million dollars and sunk with great fanfare from state oficials. They will prononce the wreck will create a "new" marine habitat that will draw fish and provide for an enhanced marine environment.

The officials will then return to Sacramento and bemoan fiscal irresponsibility, bang their fists on their desks and blame the opposing party.

That's how gubmint works...

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