NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — A local nonprofit is partnering with a state group to host a workshop in Newport Beach this month on the intricacies of dismantling offshore oil rigs.
Orange County Coastkeeper and California Artificial Reef Enhancement Program will host a one-day workshop titled “Retiring Offshore Rigs: A Clear Path Forward” on April 21 at the Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop will also be held online. .
“The event will cover rig biology, government oversight, decommissioning logistics and stakeholder interest,” organizers said. “The goals of the workshop are to clarify the platform decommissioning process, identify current roadblocks, and create actionable next steps to accelerate and improve the retirement of California’s offshore platforms.”
Workshop tickets are $65 for general admission and $25 for students with valid ID. Visit the Orange County Coast Guard website for more information about the event.
The Orange County Coast Guard said in a statement that the Huntington Beach oil spill that sent 126,000 gallons of oil into the ocean demonstrated a renewed need for the dismantling of offshore oil rigs.
Three oil rigs operate off the coast of Orange County, the group said.
“Offshore oil operations generate a tiny amount of the total oil produced in California, but pose a huge threat to our coastal ecosystem and economy,” Orange County Coastkeeper said. “Their equipment is aging and in poor condition, which will undoubtedly lead to increased spills in the years to come.”