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Scientist: Long-despised oil platforms should be kept in place as artificial reefs for fish

Updated: March 14, 2006, 9:23 PM ET
By Tim Molloy | Associated Press — March 14, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Marine biologist Milton Love drives a hybrid car, displays a banner of left-wing revolutionary Che Guevara on his laboratory wall — and has backing from Big Oil. The reason: his finding that oil platforms off California's central coast are a haven for species of fish whose numbers have been dramatically reduced by overfishing. That is good news to oil executives, who are looking for reasons not to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to remove the platforms ...

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