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U.S. government should issue a moratorium on removing Gulf oil and gas platforms until the law catches up with the science.

“The Gulf of Mexico will lose a third of its 3,600 offshore oil and gas platforms in the next 5 years,” according to an analysis published in 2011 by EcoRigs, a nonprofit organization based in Baton Rouge that seeks to change policies concerning platform removals. “They create one of the most prolific ecosystems, by area, on the planet. It is estimated that the removal of 1,250 platforms will destroy 1,875 acres of coral reef habitat and 7 billion invertebrates, many of which are federally protected.” [email protected]  23:07