Aging Oil Rigs – an underestimated threat

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Aging Oil Rigs, Pipelines Expose Gulf to Accidents, WSJ Dec. 15, 2010.

The deadly explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in April set off a fierce battle over deep-sea oil drilling aboard huge, state-of-the art vessels. But that debate has largely ignored what many experts say could be a bigger threat: The troubled state of offshore infrastructure that remains in place long after wells are drilled.

For a real scare, take a look at the interactive map, titled Growing Old in the Gulf, that is part of this article. For those people living and working in the Gulf Coast, there are plenty of reasons for concern.

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