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Old 02-15-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Not sure if this is old news and is still going on but it seems kind of crazy

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/837/0...owing-them-up/

http://www.local15tv.com/news/local/...8fuT40W_Q.cspx
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Wonder what Crabtree thinks about this?
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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It is old news but,

Blowing the legs off will make them fall over and turn into a reef.
It didn't say that they pick up the pieces did it?

Sucks that it kills so many fish, nice to see them getting called out on it though.
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Where is PETA when you need them. They try to stop fishing because hooks hurt. Well, apparently so do high explosive charges.
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It is old news but,

Blowing the legs off will make them fall over and turn into a reef.
It didn't say that they pick up the pieces did it?

Sucks that it kills so many fish, nice to see them getting called out on it though.

The ones that ive seen removed are completely gone, capped below the surface and nothing there.

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I worked on jobs like that for 8 years as a oil field diver. There's always fish lost. Company's have what we call a "Turtle Lady" that observes for Dolphins, large surface schools of fish and sea turtles. They make you wait till wildlife passes before you can blow the charges. All the the fish that live on the rig are the ones that meet that fate.
The Turtle lady is always a marine biologist usually from the University of Texas A&M. I cant think of any way to get the fish to leave the rig before it goes. The reason they are removed is due to Fed and State laws. Anything from surface to a depth of 400ft by law needs to bee removed.
You remove top package of rig and they put charges down each leg 15 to 20 ft below mud-line, blow,then rig crane up and yank. These rigs are some of the most amazing sights you will ever see for fish habbitat. They should leave them in place or (like with some) take to a safe location to be reef'ed. The legs and jackets of the rigs with over 4,000 of them in American part of the Gulf is a major reason the fishing is good in the Gulf. IT be better for all if they left them in place or moved and reef'ed them.
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Wish there was a way to quit my job and spend 59hrs aweeks trying to fix issues like this .... i know we have bigger fish to fry but these issues are still very important...
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:39 PM   #8
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The rigs do not get destroyed like you think. I still work as a diver, they blow the legs below the mud line, after the legs are blown the rig is still exactly where it was, it doesn't fall over or is destroyed. We then rig it up and usually move it several miles to a reef site where we drop it on its side. It makes a great artificial reef.
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How many of these have been made into reefs? How many have been removed and scapped?
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I've been on several dozen of these jobs Mabey out of 40 rigs only 2 were scrapped. The rest were reefed. Now they usually scrap the top package(part that sticks above the water. We don't usually blow them too often either most of the time we set diamond saws or use sand cutters
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