Offshore Drilling

Proposal EssayProblem: Off Shore Drilling, Off Shore Drilling has always had its pros and cons to the world but mainly cons. Off Shore Drilling should be banned throughout the United States and some parts of the world. Off Shore Drilling is not only dangerous to the workers drilling, but very detrimental to the environment. April 20, 2010 the biggest oil spill in United States history, bigger than the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.

Around 60,000 barrels of oil are believed to be leaking from the spill into the gulf. That’s twelve times more than the original estimate of 5,000 barrels a day. All together there was about 6,000 barrels a day, an estimated 2.5 million gallons a day is leaking into the Gulf. The BP oil spill spread about 11,300 miles, killed around eleven people, and Cost more than 1.6 billion dollars to clean up. If the United States banned off shore drilling we probably wouldn’t be in the recession were in right now.

Claim: Off shore drilling should be banned because it kills many plants and animals that are a necessity to our food chain. When oil spills out into our worlds oceans it kills or threatens around 490 species and kills about 25 million birds alone, can you even imagine what that number would be if they added in the amount of marine life, and plant life? Such as whales, dolphins, fish, sea grass beds, kelp ect.

As of August 18, federal wildlife officials reported that 1037 sea turtles sick and 530 dead. Information: Scientists believe that most of the oil that gushed from the BP well is still in the Gulf of Mexico. Government statistics still can’t confirm what happened to the majority of the millions of gallons of oil that leaked from the well, and even more importantly how much damage it’s causing underwater.

The Gulf Coast economy is suffering, and endangered sea turtles, dolphins and many other marine creatures have been affected.. Drilling for natural gas offshore, in some instances hundreds of miles away from the nearest landmass, poses a number of different challenges over drilling onshore. The actual drilling mechanism used to delve into the sea floor is much the same as can be found on an onshore rig. However, with drilling at sea, the sea floor can sometimes be thousands of feet below sea level.

Therefore, while with onshore drilling the ground provides a platform from which to drill, at sea an artificial drilling platform must be constructed. Drilling offshore dates back as early as 1869, when one of the first patents was granted to T.F. Rowland for his offshore drilling rig design. This rig was designed to operate in very shallow water, but the anchored four legged tower bears much resemblance to modern offshore rigs. It wasn’t until after World War II that the first offshore well, completely out of sight from land, was drilled in the Gulf of Mexico in 1947.

Solution: A good solution to Offshore Drilling is stopping it all together. Offshore drilling does extreme detrimental harm to the ocean and the sea life. Its expensive and very dangerous. Off shore drilling Is the main issue with pollution in the world. The only way to prevent this from happening again is by stopping offshore drilling. A clean energy future is possible.