Tag archives: rigs

Oil Platforms’ Removal?: Reefing the Superior Environmental Option
By Asher Radziner   |   January 9, 2024

Reaching the end of their economic oil producing lifetimes, many of California’s and specifically Santa Barbara’s offshore platforms are in the process of being decommissioned. They can either be fully removed and taken to scrap yards on land, or they can be turned into state-managed artificial reefs through California’s Marine Resources Legacy Act. Why wouldn’t […]

Rigs to Reefs: The Sub-Surface Story of Oil Platform Decommissioning
By Asher Radziner   |   August 16, 2022

If you live in Montecito or Santa Barbara, you’ve noticed the oil and gas platforms looming on the horizon. Unless you’ve been in the area since the early 1960s, you’ve never known a coastline without their presence. Today, the 27 platforms off the Southern and Central Coast of California are nearing the end of their […]