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October 2011 Issue

25 Years Ago
1986. The Minerals Management Service issued rules allowing oil and gas producers to temporarily stop production on OCS leases if low prices might lead to premature abandonment. ... California Sea Grant College Program scientists discovered pseudopterosins, a new class of painkilling and anti-inflammatory compounds derived from a Caribbean soft coral called a sea whip. ... Congress passed the Military Reorganization Act of 1986, a bill that would relieve the U.S. Navy of a three-decade monopoly on anti-submarine warfare, naval reconnaissance and protection of shipping.

15 Years Ago
1996. President Bill Clinton signed into law the National Ocean Partnership Act of 1997, which created the National Ocean Leadership Council and established a process for optimizing oceanographic research and development. ... NOAA's 303-foot RV Discoverer was decommissioned after 30 years of service and more than a million nautical miles of sailing. At the time, Discoverer and its sister ship, Oceanographer, were built, they were considered the most advanced vessels of their kind in the world. ... Chevron, Exxon and Fina Oil decided to proceed with the $750 million Genesis prospect in the Gulf of Mexico in 2,560 feet of water.

10 Years Ago
2001. The USS Cole, crippled in an October 2010 terrorist attack, was launched back into the water by Northrop Grumman after repair, with more than 550 tons of steel structural repairs to replace exterior plating in the damaged area. Additional work was required to test, align, energize and resupply the vessel before recertification. ... A report from the National Research Council offered a new method for comparing two oil tanker designs in terms of environmental damage if involved in a grounding or collision. ... The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Healy became the second U.S. surface ship to reach the North Pole and the first to reach the pole unassisted.


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