the 72-foot-tall buoy began taking on water late last week and sank just one day before engineers were going to remove it.
And, well, it is interesting that, it seems, every renewable energy approach out there has its version of NIMBYism. In this case, the crabbers:
Al Pazar, chairman of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, said the mishap validates the concerns of the fishing industry.
"We've got a big chunk of iron laying at the bottom of the ocean which will probably gobble up a bunch of crab gear," he said. "It's just another place for things to collect and make a big mess."
There's no word on why, exactly, this happened. But it looks like it's not as big of a disaster as the crabbers would have us believe. The buoy uses no lubrication, so there's no associated chemical spill, and it's still anchored to the sea floor, and will be recovered in spring.
written by NKJ, July 19, 2008
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