Oil Rigs: Let's Reduce, Reuse And Recycle Them

11/20/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • ANDREW C. REVKIN nytimes.com

There's nothing left of this well but salvaged components and a tangle of steel on the sea floor that will be the subject of investigations and litigation for years to come. But this is a good moment, perhaps, to look ahead to a point when most of the thousands of other rigs dotting the Gulf of Mexico have drained the last dribbles of fossilized sunlight from the sediment far below.

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