Unformatted text preview: The Dangers of Offshore Drilling “Drilling for oil in the ocean is one of the greatest technological breakthroughs in recent decades, and many new techniques have been developed to profit from the abundance of oil underneath the ocean floor. While drilling for oil has been around for hundreds of years in one form or another, the effective extrication of petroleum from beneath the sea floor did not surface until the last forty years. The search for oil often turns out to be unproductive, but this practice is vital for the economic future of many nations.” (http://www.cseserv.engr.scu/StudentWebPages/MDonatoni/Research) The issue of offshore drilling or any drilling whether it is for oil or gas has long been considered a moral issue. Along with the drilling comes economic and health issues but I feel morally that we have an obligation to protect the environment. According to Gulf Coast Environmental Defense’s Offshore Drilling Primer,” for any spill, only 5 – 15% can be cleaned up. In addition, 97% of all spills that occur, Drilling Primer,” for any spill, only 5 – 15% can be cleaned up....
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- Spring '10
- Offshore Drilling, recent oil spill, Federal Oil Spill