Repurposing Oil Rigs
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 1544 , Segment 6
Episode: Women Cartel Leaders, Women in Blue, Cosmic Dust
- Mar 1, 2021 9:00 pm
- 15:24 mins
Once the wells beneath the hulking steel structures of one of the more than 12,000 offshore oil rigs run dry, the rig becomes a pricey problem. Removing one completely can cost tens of millions of dollars and may stir up all kinds of contaminants that have settled on the ocean floor. In many cases, a much better option for marine life is to just leave the rig in place and let it become an artificial reef. A nonprofit called Blue Latitudes, where Emily Hazelwood is the co-founder, is working to encourage this rig-to-reef concept.