Here's some stuff I found interesting:
5-100 times more fish occupy the area around oil and gas platforms compared to surrounding mud and clay surfaces, offshore platforms offer a hard surface for new habitat for communities of sea life, living reefs attach to the legs of the platform and develop....one of the healthiest reef systems is the Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico...this area is surrounded by active offshore operations and is recognized as one of the world's healthiest reef systems with more than 400 wells within a ten mile radius of the sanctuary. Pipeline routes are installed only after consultation with marine biologists, oystermen, ornithologists (bird experts) and other agencies to have the least impact to marine ecology.
|Cutaway view of blowout preventer|
|personnel transport basket|