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Old 08-20-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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Default Where have all the rigs gone

Last year my first son was born and I moved from Daphne to the middle central part of AL so I haven't done very much fishing out from Ft. Morgan in a little over a year. Well this past weekend I decided I needed to get away the weather looked ok so off I went, planned to go out from Ft. Morgan 25-32 miles to some rigs and catch some AJ's. HOLY CRAP, WHERE HAVE THE RIGS GONE, we rode for a few hours going to different coords, and never saw one. On the way to our last one I saw one off in the distance which would have probably been close to 40 miles out. Is there a reason that all of these rigs are gone, and do you know if any more are going to be put back in?
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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The new standards of the feds have been restrictive ,almost excessive change is meeded but to encourage drilling overseas to work in countries whith little to few standards is not helping with pollution control just hiding it from view . Ask for lat and long to rigs near shore someone will share .maxfold
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:24 AM   #3
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I don't no what direction u went maybe north the way it sounds but there are plenty of rigs out there all you have to do is go south west and u should see them unless it's hazy but they are there
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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Unhappy Rigs being removed.

This is part of OBammies new deal with the tree huggers. Remove platforms not currently in use and the hell with the marine habitat that desperately need this habitat to exist. Their is many organizations and scientists telling our stupid government officials that this is a mistake.
Maybe we can get something passed before all the old structures are gone.
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:40 PM   #5
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Not a defender of Obama, but the rules have been in place for quite a while. The leases the oil companies have and the regulations put forth by the MMS require the complete removal.

The USCG requires those that are left be at least 85' below the surface.

I saw an interview in Salt Water Sportsman magazine with the (I think) head of the NMFS and she was definitely anti offshore oil and offshore platforms.

It is ironic that many of these become colonized by rare, threatened and possibly endangered corals and other marine life. The taking of which is prohibited by the ESA. Looks like a spot for a law suit to me.

But then what do I know.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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Well said contender !!!!!!!!
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:01 AM   #7
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Removing a platform out of the gulf isnt some easy deal to do. Besides all the rules/regs and permits and waivers, its more difficult than you think. They may un-man them but itll take many years for that many rigs to just disappear.

The rigs are there buddy, look harder, check ya glasses!
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