[Coral-List] Fwd: Bring Back the Gulf
sealab at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 22 11:40:26 EDT 2014
Dear Steve and DeeVon,
This is a tough one that presents a number of conflicting issues for
consideration. I'm trying to evaluate your opposing positions in order
to formulate an opinion of my own. My concerns are focused mainly on the
potential hazards that these aging rigs present. After all, offshore
platforms were not designed for perpetual life so I have to wonder
if any group of investors is likely to accept the rather conspicuous
liability issues even as they consider some of the attractive alternative
uses that EcoRigs suggests.
As I researched the issue, I found this interesting reference to the
disposal of offshore platforms as it was addressed in 1985.
Although dated and not focused on the impacts on the marine habitats that
have developed, why not consider this committee's recommendations and work
together to amend current policy standards to allow for evaluations on a
case by case basis? Of course, agreeing on acceptable standards and
criteria won't be easy, but it might present an opportunity to
establish tolerable compromises that could bridge otherwise contentious and
intransigent perspectives. Polarization on so many fronts doesn't seem to be
getting us anywhere.
Just a thought.
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