An American-owned dredging pipeline floating on the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida Keys has raised concerns from environmental groups that it’s dangerous to human health and the environment.
A USACE Pipeline dredging vessel and the dredging machine that operated it are seen in this undated handout image provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
An industry source told Engadge the vessel was a dredging platform owned by the company AGL, which runs the USACE Marine Transportation and Infrastructure Program.
The dredging rig has been in the water for three days and will continue to do so until it is able to be towed away, the source said.USACE says it has deployed two additional dredging rigs and the vessels have been anchored in a field off Florida’s Outer Banks.
A third rig is being sent to nearby Port Canaveral, Florida, to tow it away from the island.
The USACE Program Manager for the Eastern U.S., Michael Johnson, said in a statement that it was working with a contractor to move the dredger away from its anchorage at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.USACON, a state-run entity, was established to manage the federal government’s efforts to restore the Gulf Coast.
It is funded by a combination of federal and state revenues, but is overseen by the U. S. Department of the Interior.