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Dauphin Island in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Energy from the Sands of Time

 
 
Energy from the Sands of Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
1. Energy from the Sands of Time Marker
Inscription. The platform that you can see east of Dauphin Island is operated by one of many oil and gas companies operating in Alabama waters. These platforms are extracting natural gas (methane), a relatively clean-burning petroleum product. The platform itself lies in 11 feet of water, with drilling operations to depths of over 20,000 feet. Once natural gas is found and brought to the surface, it is transferred via underwater pipelines to processing plants on the mainland.

Extract

Observe the porous quality of this sandstone, formed millions of years ago. Ten percent of the sandstone's volume is natural gas, compressed within these pores to a pressure between 10.000 and 20.000 pounds per square inch.

Impact


The natural gas field found within Mobile Bay and Alabama Gulf waters is the largest field discovered in the continental United States. Approximately 50 rigs mine this field. Along with such a large petroleum reservoir comes the potential for impacts, both positive and negative.
Environmental: Concerned citizens, scientists, and state regulators worked with the oil companies to implement an environmentally safe, clean operation, with a zero discharge policy. This policy prohibits the discharge of drilling fluids petroleum products, and treated sewage
Energy from the Sands of Time Marker with view of two platforms in Mobile Bay. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
2. Energy from the Sands of Time Marker with view of two platforms in Mobile Bay.
from the platform into state waters. Instead, these materials are offloaded and taken to the mainland for proper disposal.
Economic: The gas field within Alabama waters supports a great many jobs, from rig workers to refiners to distributers, and even helicopter pilots. It also brings in millions of dollars per year in tax revenue.
 
Location. 30° 14.993′ N, 88° 4.53′ W. Marker is in Dauphin Island, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is on Bienville Boulevard 0.1 miles east of Albatross Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located near Fort Gaines. Marker is at or near this postal address: 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island AL 36528, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Storm Clouds Gather (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 19th Century Shipwreck (about 400 feet away); "Save Your Garrison." (about 400 feet away); British Occupation of Dauphin Island (about 400 feet away); Fort Gaines (about 500 feet away); Anchor From U.S.S. Hartford (about 600 feet away); "To Be Blown To Kingdom Come" (about 600 feet away); “Damn the Torpedoes!” (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dauphin Island.
 
Categories. EnvironmentNatural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels
 
View from Fort Morgan of the same platforms as in photo # 2. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
3. View from Fort Morgan of the same platforms as in photo # 2.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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