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Some Facts about offshore drilling
Thursday, April 22, 2010@ 4:45 PM
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In this modern global economy, rife with uncertainty, there are a lot of variables that affect the rising cost of gas and fossil fuels. This is in no small part due to the conflicts in the oil-rich countries. Many have internal strife within the nation as well as conflicts with other nations, so there is a constant battle directing what the oil price should be. There are ways in which the market can lower the price of oil, one being to fund offshore drilling. But the only drawback with this is that you need to be able to find oil in the area that you can easily access and build offshore oil rigs. This is the greatest immediate alternative to having to import any oil from foreign countries.

Offshore drilling is when companies or governments use a drill to slice through the oceanic crust to get to the oil underneath. It is usually done near the continental crust. This usually requires creating an underwater well and then bringing the oil up to the surface. But the only drawback is that the drill might end up hitting a pocket of gas – and you have to be careful that the gas is not explosive.

There are a lot of reasons as to why some countries would go in for offshore oil drilling. In Alaska for example, there is a lot of domestic oil available. If the Unites States were to actually use this oil, it would lower the oil prices domestically. Not only that, it would also provide opportunity for an oil job for out of work industrial laborers.

Offshore drilling however is often in the center of energy controversy due to the fact that it causes a lot of harm to many kinds of marine life. For one thing it tends to disrupt where animals live, hunt and reproduce and forces them to move and live elsewhere.  Sadly, this is not a happy situation and many animals perish as a result.  Another major threat is the danger of oil spills. All in all, it is clear that oil exploration must be done with an eye on environment protection, which is the only way we can consider it to be sustainable energy.

One of the other concerns is that offshore drilling actually changes the landscape.  The process demands the creation of new infrastructure in order for the interests doing the drilling to accommodate all the equipment. There are roads that need to be built as well and this tends to affect the nearby beaches, forests and other habitats There will continue to be arguments among  scientists, environmentalists, and politicians about the consequences of drilling.

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