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California’s offshore oil rigs could be remade as reefs, windmills, sea farms, research hubs

A diver examines marine life at the Eureka oil platform about 8.5 miles offshore of Huntington Beach. While such oil rigs are largely despised by environmentalists, there is talk of maintaining at least the underwater portions when the rigs are decommissioned because of the positive marine habitat they create. Photo by Ken Kurtis, Reef Seekers Dive Co.

Easy Bay Times 

While 10 or more of Southern California’s 27 offshore oil rigs could be closed in the next decade, there’s a push to preserve the platforms’ habitat-rich underwater bases as artificial reefs — and possibly transform the tops into windmills, sea farms or marine research centers. But there’s a problem: The state has yet to authorize the kind of artificial reef program required for federal permission to transform the 23 platforms in federal waters.