Gulf cleanup continues after five major hurricanes

Mark J. Kaiser Louisiana State University Baton Rouge From 2004-08, five major hurricanes–Ivan, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike—destroyed 181 structures and 1,673 wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Today, nearly a decade after the devastation began, 40 hurricane-destroyed structures and 138 wells remain to be decommissioned. Among these structures are the most expensive, difficult, and potentially hazardous operations to date. This article reviews the progress and status of hurricane clean-up activity in the gulf, as well as the difficulties and cost concerns of decommissioning the remaining inventory. It also summarizes current US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) guideline...

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