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Rigs to Reefs

Production vs. Attraction: Marine Life on and Around Oil Platforms

Amber Jackson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Amber Jackson

A variety of economically valuable fishes, invertebrates and marine mammals associate with offshore oil and gas platforms. The presence of this marine life invites the question as to whether or not platforms are producing life or merely attracting life from other habitats. This is an important question.

What Lies Beneath: Diving Oil and Gas Platforms A and C

Emily Callahan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Emily Callahan

Platform A is the site of infamous 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara. Now, over 50 years later, when offered the opportunity to return to Santa Barbara to explore platforms A and C, Amber Jackson and I dove at the chance!

Looking to the Gulf of Mexico as a Model for Future Decommissioning of Oil Rigs in California

Amber Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Amber Jackson

Rigs to Reefs, in which an oil company chooses to modify a platform so that it can continue to support marine life as an artificial reef, is rapidly becoming an issue of public concern, scientific study and policy debate.

Gaining Perspective on the Opposition: The Other Side of Rigs to Reefs

Emily Callahan | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Emily Callahan

Amber Jackson and I at Rig2Reef Exploration believe that there are many sides to any issue, and the complications associated with maintaining an oil...

Exploring Beneath Offshore Oil and Gas Platform Gina

Emily Callahan | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Emily Callahan

What we were able to take away from diving platform Gina was that these platforms are truly unique microcosms of life. They are not lifeless steel beams drilled deep into the substrate. These platforms are alive.

Rigs to Reefs: Exploring the Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms in California

Amber Jackson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Amber Jackson

Our project involves diving on oil platforms off the coast of California and in the Gulf of Mexico to visually document the current state of the ecosystems that grow on and around the platforms. We are working to interpret the essential principles and fundamental concepts of the Rigs-to-Reefs program.

Louisiana Reef Fund Plundered During Budget Balancing

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.30.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

With a swipe of the pen, the Louisiana legislature took $26.6 million last month from a fund that converts old oil rigs into reefs where fish congregate. That move will cost the state as it tries to revive the coast, critics say.