It also employs about 55,000 workers in the oil extraction field and supplies about nee fourth of our country’s oil (Faustus). Tourism also pays a big role in this region with many people visiting its beaches for numerous reasons, providing these regions with good economic traffic. Introduction The Gulf of Mexico used to be nothing but a vast blue ocean for miles on end, but now it is not so pure, and it has turned into a goldmine for big oil businesses. These companies are mainly interested in collecting as much oil as possible to turn a hefty profit.
I am not for or against oil rigs, but I have concerns with the abandonment of the old rigs, when they become inoperable. When an oil rig is taken down, sticks of dynamite are driven into to the substructure holding the rig up, causing a huge underwater explosion that is much like genocide to the colony of fish that was populated on the rig. Then the rig platform is taken by a large barge to wherever the destination has been set for it. As a fisherman, I have spent years fishing the Gulf and have noticed that a couple of inshore rigs were taken out or decommissioned.
I think this is a big issue because many people fish at these rigs because they are plentiful with sis that have attracted to its structure and pipes. I have been interested in the reason the oil companies are decommissioning their rigs so I have started a research proposal to see the views of both sides of the effecting groups. With this information we hope to see the best actions for all of the discourse communities affected. This includes the fishing groups, the rig workers and companies, and the environmentalists.
Current Efforts Since oil rigs are out in the gulf, not many people see them. That is why there isn’t much of a voice from the public about this topic. Secondly, there re only a few choices we have when considering what to do with an abandoned oil rig. Those options are to just leave it there, or to have it blown up from the base and transported. Few companies have also begun sinking the old rigs in the ocean because they had nothing else to do with it. I think this is actually a good idea because it provides for a large habitat for fish when coral and oysters have grown onto it.
Apart from the fishers, the scrimping community is actually in favor of rigs being decommissioned, because at night they are in risk of getting their nets tangled in the rigs if they pass to close. Precautions such as the coordinates to every known rig are accessible to the public but accidents still happen. This problem isn’t going away, with many new rigs being built and more area of seafloor becoming open for business from federal bills being passed in 2010. Benefits of Change For the few groups that are still opposed to drilling in the gulf, their voices may forever be unheard and drilling in the gulf will continue and grow.
It’s because oil is such a crucial part of the way we live, and the risk is worth the reward in this case. In regards to the oil rigs being decommissioned I believe hat regulations can be added to help the immense loss of habitat destruction, like adding a maximum weight of explosive that may be used in the sub-detonation. However, Federal regulations are in place that prevent any explosions from occurring during the spawning times of the year for fish and I believe that is a good thing, and will help for our future generations of fish.
Counterarguments The federal government has a program called “Rigs to Reefs,” developed by the Mineral Management Service that advocates for oil companies to do exactly this. Nat Spencer, from the Ocean Services and has been exploring artificial reefs in the gulf in a remotely operated vehicle called the Falcon. “The program is beneficial to all parties involved The oil companies save decommissioning costs, the states increases their tax revenue through sport fishing, and the environmentalists see increased or steady fish populations on the platforms as well as a steady stream of annual recorded data about those populations” (Spencer).
I believe he proposes the best argument for anyone concerned with an abandoned oil rig. It is also great for the companies because they don’t have to worry about a vessel hitting their rig at night and Ewing liable for it. Sport diving is also a popular thing to do with inshore rigs, because they provide a safe place for the divers to hunt, without the danger of being in open water. And it is also said by divers that they are protected from sharks when they are near the rig because of the charges on the metal pylons.
They have a very small say in what happens to the rigs though because they make up a much smaller group than even the fisherman do. If we ever get news that the toxicity of our fish in the Gulf of Mexico is in danger, these oil rigs are ere to become under scrutiny because they have put many chemicals in the water, from the metal oxidation on the rigs, to the millions of gallons of oil that have been spilled from rig accidents. Recommendations In my research I have found the options we face when dealing with abandoned oil rigs, and possible counteractions that result from it.
The reasons these problems exist is because of the courage we had to start drilling in the gulf for oil in the asses. We can all agree that accidents are inevitable in this field and future accidents are only a matter Of when. I event been able to get much from the side of the oil businesses, because they do not give the general public much information of what they are doing. These companies suffer the most because they are making the most money and dealing with the highest risks, and they suffer the most when tragedy strikes because they are the ones to blame.
And when the time comes they must pay for the destruction of their old rig and when this happens I hope they sink the rig in the ocean, so the fish can enjoy it, and that we never have to see or hear about it again, unless we want to drop a few lines at its location ND hope for some fish. Conclusion My topic has been kept rather quiet lately because nothing big has happened recently for it to be brought back up, besides the price of crude oil dropping, which has an effect without a doubt.
I believe in my research have found the best actions to take towards the problem I have stated. Future accidents and discoveries about oil rigs and companies are sure to happen in the coming decades, and we, as well the Gulf of Mexico, will suffer from it. We must continue keeping the Gulf clean a priority, and continue to work on says to help everyone benefit from it as much as possible. Living on the Gulf is an easy life, and it will continue to stay that way as long as we do our part.