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Offshore Drilling On January 28, 1969, an oil spill of 3 million gallons of crude oil was leaked out into the Pacific Ocean. The spill forced people to open their eyes to the effects of offshore drilling when thousands of birds, fish, sea lions and other marine life were killed. Although offshore drilling offers cheaper gas to a failing economic system, it is not worth the risk. A large scale drilling mishap could cause irreparable environmental damage. We cannot ensure that that it can be done safely and until then it should not be permitted. In 1981, Congress passed a moratorium on new offshore oil exploration and development in a number of areas off the U.S. coastline (Offshore Drilling). However, in 2008, Congress did not renew the moratorium, opening up nearly 300 million acres of the U.S. coastline. The Bush administration estimated that the coastal areas could yield 18 billion barrels of oil, and 74 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. In return, it would not only lower the gas prices, but it would also help America be less dependent on foreign oil (Offshore Drilling). Following Bush’s leave from the executive position, the Obama administration halted offshore drilling to further study the process of such oil drilling (Offshore Drilling). Nevertheless, say perhaps that these oil companies were allowed to proceed. The looming question would be how they would handle an oil spill, especially in places like the Arctic seas. A report done by the Oil Spill Prevention and Response in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, by the Pew Environment Group found that the risks, difficulties, and unknowns of oil exploration in the Artic are far greater than in any other area. The consequences could wipe out walrus, seal, and polar bears. If left undetected a pipeline leak could spread beneath the surface and carry the oil hundreds of miles away (Goldenburg). The other problem at hand is how one could get to the source of the spill. Seeing that the response teams would face extreme cold, forceful winds, massive blocks of ice and total darkness for six weeks out of the year (Goldenburg). Risking our sacred environment for oil that one can get elsewhere is irresponsible, selfish, and unnecessary. In 2006, the world was left in a haze after The Deepwater...
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