oil production

oil production

Barracuda swims at artificial reef off the coast of Freeport, Texas

2w ago
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During an offshore monitoring trip of an artificial reef site, biologists spotted this barracuda swimming near a decommissioned petroleum platform (oil rig). Artificial reef sites provide habitat for marine species. Obsolete oil rigs are inspected before any reefing takes place to locate environmental hazards. All decks (where oil production occurs) are removed and taken to shore for recycling or reuse. All equipment associated with the deck is removed in the process (such as drilling equipment, tanks, pumps, buildings and so on). Insides of legs are inspected to assure they contain no petroleum. Learn more about the Artificial Reef program at http://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/