Dive in with Liz and Sylvia welcomes Emily Hazelwood and Amber Sparks, Co-Founders of Blue Latitudes, to talk about “rigs-to-reefs” (RtR).
Blue Latitudes is a certified women-owned marine environmental consulting firm. They unite science, policy, and communications to develop sustainable, creative and cost-effective solutions to manage the environmental issues that surround the offshore energy industry.
The Rigs-to-Reefs (RtR) program offers oil companies the opportunity to keep their platforms in place so that they may continue to support marine life as an artificial reef, rather than completely removing the structure, as is required by law. When a platform is reefed, the well is capped, and the platform structure is converted from an oil or gas production facility to an artificial reef. Since the program’s inception in 1985, the Gulf of Mexico has reefed more than 450 platforms. Despite this, the rest of the world has been slow to follow. Only a handful of countries have implemented a RtR law, and even fewer have actually reefed their platforms. Understanding the value of the RtR program, Blue Latitudes has tapped into a radical opportunity to re-purpose existing infrastructure as sustainable reefs. Their big idea is to take the RtR concept to market, encouraging regulators, industry, and the public to think creatively about the future of ocean conservation.
Come join us for this opportunity to hear these Co-Founders and Liz and Sylvia discuss RtR and other environmentally beneficial ideas they present to the offshore energy industry.
DIVE IN with Liz and Sylvia is a casual, free-flowing, and educational conversation and encourages ocean and nature enthusiasts of all ages to join. Sylvia, Liz, Amber and Emily will take questions via Q & A text and voice call-in from the attendees. Get your questions ready!
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