No, you’re not dreaming. This actually happened!
Environmentalists Say Yes to Offshore Drilling
By ANDREW CLINE
July 12, 2008
Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production Company proposed drilling 22 wells from a platform 4.7 miles from land [emphasis mine]. It made numerous concessions to the local environmental groups that would curtail drilling in about a decade — and in the end even the adamantly “no-drilling” crowd agreed that the deal was beneficial for everyone. The Environmental Defense Center, a nonprofit environmental law firm, endorsed the plan. Abe Powell, president of GOO!, told the Los Angeles Times it was “good for the community.” Terry Leftgoff, a former GOO! executive director, wrote in the Santa Barbara Independent the deal was “a brilliant proposal that finally gives the public something back: the certain removal of four offshore oil platforms, the decommissioning of a notorious industrial plant, and the reversion of rural land subjugated into oil development back into the public trust as parkland.”
Here’s a photo of the four platforms that will be removed…