Bill Would Halt Removal Of Offshore Rigs To Save Habitat

Law360, New York (August 2, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT) -- U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, last week introduced legislation that would temporarily halt the elimination of out-of-service offshore oil and gas platforms, in a move heralded by environmental groups who say the current removal process hurts sensitive marine habitats.

In his proposed Retaining Essential Environmental Fishing Structures Act, Farenthold calls for a two-year moratorium on the secretary of the interior’s authority to order the removal of offshore rigs, so that the government may examine alternatives less damaging to the environment.

"The REEFS Act stops a misguided...
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