Rigs to Reefs

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

JOIN OUR OFFSHORE COMMITTEE
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Write our U.S. Legislators in Washington, DC and others.

  Sample statement to copy and paste.

As a citizen that resides along the Texas Gulf Coast, and a supporter of Saltwater-fisheries Enhancement Association (SEA), this letter is to request support of changes at the federal level to encourage the Rigs to Reefs program. Platforms are currently being removed from the Gulf of Mexico at an alarming rate. In a press released dated September 15, 2010 from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), “there will be a dismantling of about 650 oil and gas production platforms if they are no longer being used for exploration or production”. Platform removal is critical marine habitat loss.

This letter serves as a request for strong endorsement from your office that we eliminate any rule or policy that prohibits or inhibits the ability to “reef in place by removing the top portion of the platform” such as the five mile restriction placed on artificial reef sites. Reefing in place by removing only the top portion of the platform will bring the least harm to the aquatic environment. These structures are just not “idle iron” but a needed resource that enhances the marine habitat in the Gulf of Mexico. Without these artificial reefs, we loose critical fishing, scuba diving and other recreational and commercial activities that depend on these structures. This will negatively affect tourism, fish harvest and economies of the communities on the Gulf Coast.

I am asking for your assistance in making sure that BOEMRE facilitates and assists the states in their artificial reef efforts, and that BOEMRE promotes the “Rigs to Reefs” programs by promptly approving the requested planning zones and eliminating rules or policies that negatively affects the reefing programs.

I feel that I was not given the option of public comment when these rules were implemented.

Thank you for your support of this very important issue.

Your Name Here


Start with our Texas U.S. Senate

John Cornyn – http://cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm
Kay Bailey Hutchison –http://hutchison.senate.gov/?p=email_kay

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 Blake Farenthold, District 27 – https://farenthold.house.gov/contact-me
Ruben Hinojosa, District 15- https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Ted Poe – District 2 – https://poe.house.gov/Contact/ContactForm.htm

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS TO SEND LETTERS TO :

U.S. Dept. of Interior – Ken Salazar – http://www.interior.gov/feedback.cfm
U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Minerals Regulation Enforcement (BOEMRE) –Boemrepublicaffairs@boemre.gov