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Farewell Picketts

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Farewell to the fishing grounds that have produced so many fish for all that frequented this incredible area. I sure hope the artificial reefs that are being talked about, really happen. I will believe it when I see it.
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Picketts
LOL, ok they are removing an 'artifcial reef' that is already there and producing fish forever and saying they will install another artificial reef? That can only mean 2 things, bull or someone's brother-in-law owns a company that builds artificail reefs.
We can only hope this has a good ending? I almost said happy ending which is probably what will happen! LOL
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bureaucrats
Only in America are bureaucrats this stupid. Elton you are right they are tearing down an artificial reel to put in another one. Its only money in the pockets of someone.
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yall right!!
only in America! our great government at work!!its not that bureaucrats are stupid(well ok a lot of them are), they are just working hard to do the job they intended to do when they were voted in, to keep their big ole pockets full to the top! no matter how much taxpayer dollars they have to waste!!
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Tax dollars
I'm not sure if any tax dollars are being spent on this. Anyway, has the co-op with Apache and CCA to build the artificial reef fallen through?

Last I heard, a deal was struck to install the artificial reef once the structure was removed.
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Reefs
They started doing that last year in Lake Raccourci, the poles around Northwest Shoal are gone. there was an old collapsed rig just north of Northwest Shoal that was still lit at night and excellent fishing that they removed. There are several other places also that they took down. All these places were already reefs and was some favorite spots to fish not only by me but many others. I don't know who was behind the decision making on this but they did not think it through and is definitely a French fry short of a happy meal. There you have East Timbalier Island that has large rocks submerged under the water that claims several victims to each year and what has been done about it?...NOTHING.
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Federal not state
I believe this is a federally mandated thing.
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mike?
you are probably right!! but what does it really matter if its federal or state, its still really stupid and what everyone is saying still applies!!!
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oil company mandated
From what I've read, this is caused by the oil companies trying to protect themselves from litigation and the upkeep necessary to provide lighting and navigational markers. Maritime lawsuits are plenty $$ to lawyers.
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picketts
Yea the feds feel they need to protect us from ourselves because we may run into the rigs. but its okay to go to Liberia and fight Ebola and come back
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capt marty?
how long has the pickets been there abandoned?
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Picketts
This is just my opinion and what I have seen with my own eyes. If this is state waters and the oil company has that lease they have a state man that will go out in a boat and will log lat&long of the location and the OIL COMPANY will be fined so much a day after the state gives them a time limit to remove it or them.I have worked out of Lafitte and have personally seen this with the lease we work at.So the oil company has no choice but obey or pay the fine.This is what the state douse not want you to know but promise you the moon!!!. It is all a bunch of cr@P. Our federal government and state politicians hard at work.
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Look at it from another angle
Oil companies are doing what they are required to do.

Its part of the regulations to remove the structures. These structures can be a navigation hazard and if they were just left alone, someone would hit them (like the rocks at Barataria) and someone would be at fault (most likely the oil company).

What if there was a program that would take these old structures and turn them into reefs or just let them stand? What if there was a program called 'Rigs to Reefs' that had many millions of dollars just for this purpose? What if this set aside money was raided (illegally) to balance the budget for the state? You would think the governor that did this would have been put on the hot seat, but he got re-elected pretty much uncontested. Can't fix the gov't if we keep voting them back in, jus sayin brah
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About PAR
This is Par for the course! We dont need the pickets, or the coast line, or river diversions, or fresh water in our marsh. God forbid the state of Louisiana protects our natural resources! I am sure CCA has delagated a great company to help in the artifical reef building process. I only wish they would use them to shore up some canals in lower Terrebone parish. WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE ITS ALL GONE!!!
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The Sulphur Mine is Next
Capt,

They might as well go ahead and yank the pilings out around the sulphur mine also. I dont think they need to take any chances when it comes to conservation. Rest assured the artifical reef that will replace the sulphur mine will be just as productive.
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Picketts
http://www.fieldwoodenergy.com/documents/Pickets_Plan_Comes_Together.pdf

Guys, go to this website for info.

Also, the structures will be removed due to liability. About 6 yrs ago, the company I worked for owned EI 53 which was a hot trout spot. The company tried to work out a deal to removal all equipment, leave the structure, add the necessary lighting for safety and the coast guard maintain from there. The Gov\'t said no because it did not want the responsibility in the event of an accident. So remove the structure is what we had to do! Yet another hot spot gone! At least something is being put in their place here. Cause other areas get nothing!
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