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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

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Great call.
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It was a difficult, but timely decision.


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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

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Most of them went bust, pulled out, and the company dissolved...leaving behind a hulk of steel that "no one" owns. So who can you go after to enforce the ongoing maintenance of the rig? Do we push that onto the CG? Do they have the budget?

It's not an easily solvable, nor inexpensive, problem.
If the company went under. It will become a Federal problem that the we have pay the bill. It is unfortunate.


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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

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But this is the kicker...maintained by whom? The guys I race with all come from the oil industry. According to them, the reason there are so many unlit rigs so close in is that many companies (big and small) went out over the years and tried to strike it rich. Most of them went bust, pulled out, and the company dissolved...leaving behind a hulk of steel that "no one" owns. So who can you go after to enforce the ongoing maintenance of the rig? Do we push that onto the CG? Do they have the budget?

It's not an easily solvable, nor inexpensive, problem.
That is crazy shocking! Oh, dare we criticize the the oil industry hence being labelled an anti big business socialist. The industry should clean up their own pond. ugh! And the government should take part of the lease fees to provide perpetual safety lighting on abandoned rigs and monitor for safe waterways.
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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

On the bright side, if nobody owns it and nobody will take responsibility for it...

Sounds like a fella could make some money with a workboat and some gas torches. Scrap steel is worth a lot of money right now.

Just kidding... or maybe not...
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