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Interior Considers How to Decommission Abandoned Oil Platforms

July 22, 2021, 8:17 PM

The Interior Department is beginning an environmental review of a program for decommissioning old offshore oil and gas drilling platforms off the California coast.

Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced Thursday it will conduct a programmatic environmental impact statement for the program. A 45-day public comment period begins Friday.

  • Twenty-three oil and gas platforms and associated wells and pipelines were built prior to the early 1990s and will need decommissioning, including eight which are no longer producing oil and gas. “It is currently unknown when decommissioning may be initiated for the remaining 15 platforms,” BSEE said in a ...

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