WATCHING WASHINGTON REMOVING PLATFORMS

With Patrick Crow Although offshore platforms may be a visual irritant to environmentalists, commercial fishermen are more concerned about their permanence. Charles Groat, executive director of the American Geological Institute, Alexandria, Va., told a House merchant marine subcommittee hearing on Outer Continental Shelf issues, "There has been considerable concern by fishermen in the Central Gulf of Mexico about the decommissioning or site clearing procedures for OCS platforms.

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