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Rig structures are artificial reefs. They provide natural habitats and ideal environments for marine life as well as enhance fishing and recreational diving. Congress encouraged the environmental and economic benefits of retaining selected redundant structures by unanimously passing the National Fishing Enhancement Act of 1984. The US Department of the Interior--Minerals Management Service--developed their supportive policy in 1985. Still later, Louisiana and Texas unanimously passed laws similar to the federal statute. The first intentional artificial reef was created in 1979 when an experimental subsea production template was relocated from offshore Louisiana to Franklin County, Florida. Tenneco made several donations of structures to Florida and Louisiana in the early 1980s. Companies donate their structures to the state and may share some of their savings from traditional removal costs. By 1998, more than 100 redundant platforms have become reefs with a benefit to the states of $13 million.

Recognizing the pioneering efforts of the following people and companies who contributed to the development of this technology:

Dana W. Larsen, James "Jim" Morrison, Villere C. Reggio, Jr., Eugene Shinn, Carl Sullivan, Michael "Mike" Zagata Chevron (ChevronTexaco), Exxon (ExxonMobil), Lousiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: Artificial Reef Program, Tenneco, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department: Artificial Reef Program, U. S. Department of the Interior: Minerals Management Service

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