Ok yabs, I get it...you're concerned for local reefs while you engage in work directly linked to global climate change...You don't mind if your activities contribute to coral bleaching and Maldivians canoeing to their next homes...but do mind if a drill rig goes up a hundred k's from home.... And then, in between rotations you fly back to Dumaguete for a well-earned break. LOL....your carbon footprint must be almost as big as Al Gore's... Nothing personal..really...I work with 'environmentalists'...usual BS...quite vocal about how the planet is being stuffed...and then they hop in their petrol-swilling 4WD and head home to their two-story mansion...I lost respect for the environmental cheerleaders a long time ago...at least you really care about your neck of the woods... I was going to write a little bit about the safeguards responsible oil companies use to prevent pollution and effects on the environment. You'd likely know a lot of that already so I won't bother. I'm assuming that JAPEX being a good-sized international player in the industry would uphold those responsibilities. Virtually everything that might have water contact is tested to ensure there are no detrimental effects on marine life. I know...we test them. Actually, I eat fish caught from around platforms whenever one of our teams gets them...mackerals, trevallys, etc..we're just interested in whatever story their livers might tell us. And there is no story...they are perfectly safe. And diving around those platforms would reveal quite a large accumulation of the finned locals, like any other underwater structure...and the pelagics like to come and hang around too. The worry isn't the drill rigs....it is the fishermen having sons...Fish living around those platforms would be the best condition and safest in the Philippines. But back to Tanon Strait...unfortunately it's a JAPEX play and a very risky one (ie little or no oil shows likely given the history of the area). Seismic says one thing - the drill often says another. Maybe they will get lucky...some jobs out there for Filipino engineers and workers...Understand off Argao might be a goer...got my eyes on that one...I'll let you know..