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In the effort to save retired platforms from removal, the members of EcoRigs Non-Profit Organization testified before the Congressional House Sub-Committee on Natural Resources and Energy concerning the biological resources present on offshore platforms. The folks at EcoRigs also testified before the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, the Pew Oceans Commission, and the Louisiana Recovery Authority. Members advised and managed the Louisiana Platforms for Mariculture Task Force. Members were instrumental in the drafting Section 388 of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 which authorizes the use of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) facilities (offshore platforms) for alternate uses. On June 29th 2009, the Obama Administration and Minerals Management Service (MMS) implemented the Renewable Energy and Alternate Uses of Existing Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf program (30 CFR 285.1000 Subpart J). Members of EcoRigs helped draft the Rigs to Reefs Act which has appeared in eight House Resolutions.

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