TV News Media:

  • Jeff Corwin for CBS Evening News. May 9, 2010, Steve Kolian interviewed.
  • Rich Matthews with Associated Press, June 7, 2010, Scott Porter and Allen Walker Interviewed.
  • Bob Nixon with Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue, June 14, 2010-, Scott Porter Interviewed.
  • Sheppard Smith with Fox News, June 17, 2010- Steve Kolian Interviewed.
  • Ziya with Discovery Channel Canada, June 19, 2010-, Scott Porter Interviewed.
  • Paul Rogers with Fox 8 Local News, July, 2010- Scott Porter Interviewed.
  • Amber Lyon and Phillipe Cousteaux for CNN, August 6, 2010-, Scott Porter Interviewed.
  • Save Sea Turtles Foundation for Fox 8 Local News New Orleans. August 23, 2010, Scott Porter Interviewed.

Radio Shows:

  • October 12, 2010 In Discussion with David Gibbons, Scott Porter Interviewed.
  • February 15, 2011- Wilma Subra and Ian Crane for In Discussion with David Gibbons, Scott Porter Interviewed.
  • Scott Porter Interviewed. July 16, 2010- Matthew Simmons for In Discussion with David Gibbons, Scott Porter Interviewed.
  • John "Spud" McConnel “The Spud Show" - on WWL 870 AM and 105.3FM. August 15, 2006. Interview with Steve Kolian and Paul Sammarco.
  • Paul Harvey discussed Washington Post article and research by Steve Kolian and Paul W. Sammarco on their program. April 18, 2005.

Speeches and Presentations:

  • 108th US Congress: “Environmental Aspects of Modern Oil and Gas development.” Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on Sept 17, 2003 Testimony was heard from Representative Vitter; Steve Kolian, Environmental Scientist, Department of Environmental Quality, State of Louisiana; Paul Sammarco Professor, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), Allen Walker, Captain and public witnesses.
  • American Petroleum Institute (API) Washington DC September 16, 2003. “Ecological Affects of Offshore Oil and Gas Production”, Paul Sammarco, Steve Kolian and Allen Walker presentations.
  • Heritage Foundation, Washington DC. Sept 17, 2003. “Utilization of Retired Platforms for Alternate Uses.” Paul Sammarco, Steve Kolian and Allen Walker presentations.
  • Louisiana Recovery Authority Public Hearing, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On several occasions from October, 2006 through March, 2007. Steve Kolian and Paul Sammarco Presentations.
  • American Petroleum Institute (API) Lafayette Holiday Inn “Utilization of Retired Platforms for Alternate Uses.” June 16, 2003, Paul Sammarco, Steve Kolian and Allen Walker presentations.
  • Louisiana Environmental Health Association (LEHA) 2004 Annual Education conference, Holiday Inn, LaPlace, LA January 27-29, 2004. Steve Kolian presentation.
  • U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, March 7-8, 2002 New Orleans Hearing (Public Comments) to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. Steve Kolian and Paul Sammarco presentation.
  • Pew Oceans Commission Public Hearing, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 15, 2002. Steve Kolian and Paul Sammarco presentation.

Magazine Articles:

  • Harden, Kari Dequine, 2013. Reef Madness: Kari Dequine Harden on the fight to save offshore platforms and the ecosystems they support. Gambit, Vol. 34, No. 41, Oct. 15-22, New Orleans, LA.
  • Corbin, Christina, 2013. Oil companies, environmentalists oppose fed rules for removing sunken oil rigs. Wild Nature, Fox News. Oct 19, 2013.
  • Kolian, Steve, 2011. Benefits of Leaving Oil and Gas Rigs Intact to Serve As Artificial Reefs. Exploration and Production Volume 9. Issue 1 March 2011.
  • Kolian, Steve. Should Oil Rigs Be Removed? Scuba Diving Magazine. November/December 2010/ Vol.19/ Issue 8, page 80 – 82.
  • Armstrong, Toby. “Flower gardens of the sea- discovering an aquatic world off the Louisiana coast.” Louisiana Life, Summer 2003, Page; front cover, 34-39.
  • Kolian, S. R., and A. Walker. (2004). “Louisiana losing critical reef habitat and job opportunities.” Sea Technology, October, 2004, Vol. 45, No. 10, page 31-34.
  • Fly, Susan. “Manuvering Mariculture-can oil and gas platforms bring billions?” Acadiana LifeStyle, November 2003, edition: Feature Story, page 42-46.
  • Olander, Doug. “End Reeficide in the Gulf” Sport Fishing Magazine, June 2007, volume 22, issue 6.

Books and Technical Reports:

  • Kolian, S.R.. and P.W. Sammarco. 2005. Mariculture and other uses for offshore oil and gas platforms: Rational for Retaining Infrastructure. Technical Report. Eco-Rigs of Eco-Endurance Center. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. March 2005.
  • Waldemar Nelson International Inc 1998. Feasibility Study Report: Offshore Mariculture in the Gulf of Mexico. Prepared for National Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Award No. NA77FL0150.
  • Sea Grant Louisiana (2001). Offshore mariculture in the Gulf of Mexico: A Feasibility Report. November 2001 Louisiana Sea Grant Program.
  • Kolian, S.R. and P.W. Sammarco, 2006. Job creation & marine aquaculture: direct generation of 18,000 jobs. Produced by Eco-Rigs (6/1/06) 12605 South Harrel’s Ferry Road, Suite 3 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816 USA.

Scholarly Journals and Proceedings:

  • Sammarco, P., Kolian, S., Warby, R., Bouldin, J. Subra, W., Porter, S., 2013. Distributions and concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons associated with the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico. Marine Pollution Bulletin, volume 73, Issue 1, pp. 129-143.
  • Kolian, S., Porter, S., Sammarco, P.W., and E. W. Cake, Jr. 2013. Depuration of Macondo (MC—252) oil found in heterotrophic scleractinian corals (Tubastrea coccinea and Tubastrea micranthus) on offshore oil/gas platforms in the Gulf. Gulf and Caribbean Research vol. 25, 99-103.
  • Manaugh, Geoff, 2009. Plug-In Ecozones. New Geographies, Vol. 2, Landscapes of Energy. Harvard School of Design and Architecture.
  • Sammarco, P.W., A.D. Atchison, D.A., and G.S. Boland. 2006. Geographic expansion and limits of corals in the NW Gulf of Mexico: Colonization of Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms Proc. 10th Intl. Coral Reef Symp., Okinawa, Japan, 2006.
  • Atchison, A.D., P.W. Sammarco, and D.A. Brazeau. 2006. Genetic affinities of coral populations between the Flower Garden Banks and oil and gas platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Preliminary data. Proc. 10th Intl. Coral Reef Symp., Okinawa, Japan, 2004.
  • Sammarco, P.W., A. Atchison, and G.L. Boland 2003 Drilling platforms as environmental assets: Developing an assessment protocol using adult and juvenile corals. US Dept. Interior Minerals Management Service Information Transfer Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 2002.
  • Sammarco, P.W., A. Atchison, and G.L. Boland 2004. Expansion of coral communities within the Northern Gulf of Mexico via offshore oil and gas platforms. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 280: 129-143.
  • Kolian, S.R. 1996. Open ocean mariculture and the significance of petroleum structures to regional fisheries. Mariculture associated with oil and gas structures: a compendium. In: Proceedings: Fourteenth Information Transfer Meeting, November 17, 1994, New Orleans, La. OCS Study MMS 96-0050. U.S. Dept. of Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, La. P.27-32.

Newspaper and Magazine Articles:

  • Harden, Kari Dequine, 2013. Reef Madness: Kari Dequine Harden on the fight to save offshore platforms and the ecosystems they support. Gambit, Vol. 34, No. 41, Oct. 15-22, New Orleans, LA.
  • Corbin, Christina, 2013. Oil companies, environmentalists oppose fed rules for removing sunken oil rigs. Wild Nature, Fox News. Oct 19, 2013.
  • DeGregorio, 2009. Renewable-energy Rules Detailed. The Times Picayune. June 10, 2009. Page C-6 and C-8.
  • Burgess, Richard. “New Hooks for old oil rigs.” Lafayette Advertiser, Lafayette Louisiana, Slidell Louisiana, August 8, 2004, edition: Sunday, page: 1D, front page of Business Section.
  • Camire, Dennis. ”Experts debate benefits of offshore platforms.” Gannet News Service, Opelousas Daily World Sept. 21, 2003, edition: Saturday, page 3A.
  • Cappiello, Diana. “Oil rigs help biologists unlock mystery of ocean life.” Houston Chronicle, January 4th, 2004, edition: Sunday, Section-A: City and State, page: 33A & 35A.
  • Dybas, Cherly, Lyn. “Marine life complicates removal of old oil rigs.” Washington Post, April 11, 2005, edition: Monday Sciences Section, page: A10.
  • Langenhennig, Susan. “ Gulf aquatic creatures-including coral, the building blocks of reefs- are finding new homes in the Gulf thanks to oil and gas platforms.” Times Picayune June 29th, 2003, edition: Sunday front cover, page: 1A, 6A.
  • McKnight, Laura. “Mariculture Icons-local scientists make case to keep old oil and gas platforms.” Daily Comet, June 19, 2006, edition: Monday, page: front cover 1A & 6A.
  • McKnight, Laura. “Offshore fish farming could help U.S. meet demand, compete.” The Courier, Houma Louisiana April, 22, 2006, edition: Saturday, page: 1A & 4A.
  • McNemar, Steve. “First our coastline-Now our fishery-How long will we remain silent?” Marsh and Bayou December 2003. volume 5 No. 12, page: front cover, p. 30-31, 36.

Legislation and Regulations Introduced by EcoRigs to Congress Specifically for Alternate Uses of Platforms:

  • Title 30 CFR Parts 285.100 Subpart J. Renewable Energy and Alternate Uses of Existing Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf; Final Rule. Federal Register/ Vol. 74, No. 81/ Wednesday, April 29, 2009/ Rules and Regulations.
  • Rigs to Reef Act, House Resolution 2654.The bill, introduced by Rep. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) to the 108th Congress 1st Session, September 2003. (Steve Kolian helped draft legislation)
  • Energy Policy Act of 2005, (PL 109-58 Sec. 388). Section 388 allows the use of retired offshore oil and gas platforms for any “marine related purpose.” This authorization is responsible for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation Enforcement (BOEMRE) Ocean Energy and Alternate Uses of Offshore Facilities, Alternate Energy and Alternate Use (AEAU) program (30 CFR 285.1000). Section 388 surfaced in PL 109-58 shortly after the publication of the Kolian and Sammarco (2005) Technical Report: Mariculture and other uses for offshore oil and gas platforms: Rational for Retaining Infrastructure.”
  • HR 4761 “Deep Ocean Resources Act of 2006” presented by Bobby Jindal, Section 19 contains the “Rigs to Reefs Act.” HR 4761 passed the House of Representatives in June 26th, 2006. (Steve Kolian and Paul Sammarco helped draft legislation)
  • HR 4761 Section 19 “Rigs to Reefs Act” of “Domestic Energy Production through Offshore Exploration and Equitable Treatment of State Holdings Act of 2006’’, presented in the 109th Congress.
  • HR 6108 Section 21 “Rigs to Reefs Act” of “Deep Ocean Energy Resource Act”, presented in the 110th Congress.
  • HR 6779 Section 224 of “Rigs to Reefs Act” of “Security and Energy for America Act”, presented in the 110th Congress.

Task Force:

  • State of Louisiana “Platforms for Mariculture” Task Force. Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. Members: Steve Kolian, Chuck Bedell, and Paul W. Sammarco