Thomas Curwen

Thomas Curwen is an award-winning staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where he has worked as editor of the Outdoors section, deputy editor of the Book Review and an editor at large for features. He was part of the team of Times reporters who won a Pulitzer for their work covering the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, and in 2008 he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his story about a father and daughter who were attacked by a grizzly bear in Montana. He has received a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for mental health journalism and was honored by the Academy of American Poets.
Behind the story: Sailing to a steel behemoth worthy of Melville

Visiting Platform Holly meant taking the prerequisite safety class, donning fire-resistant coveralls and practicing on a rope swing used for jumping between a ship and the platform.

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A historic oil platform off Santa Barbara turns into a rusty ghost ship

What to do with an old oil platform along the California coast? Among the options: reconfiguring it for alternative energy production, turning it into a marine sanctuary, or severing the rig from the seafloor and removing it entirely.