Allison W

Ocean Oil Drilling-The Dark Side
Did you ever wonder what happened to all of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico? Well most of the oil is still there. Ocean oil drilling should not be allowed because it hurts many animals, creates pollution and destroys ecosystems, and has negative effects on humans. Even though offshore drilling is very good for the economy and creates many jobs it is still not worth the risk.

Pros of ocean oil drilling
Cons of ocean oil drilling
creates jobs
kills animals
good for the economy
creates smog
helps fill demands for oil
pollutes oceans

costs lots of money

Negative Impact On Animals
Every day animals that live in the ocean and on land are harmed by ocean oil drilling. If animals eat even a little bit of oil they might not be able to swim, fly, and eat. They also might not be able to maintain body temperature and reproduce. They will probably die. Oil spills cause many deaths for animals. In the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, 300 harbor seals, 900 bald eagles, 2,800 sea otters, 82,000 birds and 26,000 marine mammals died. Also even before oil drilling starts animals can be harmed. Seismic waves are used to find oil. Because whales use seismic waves to communicate with other whales the waves confuse them. Many whales will beach themselves. The drilling might have to be stopped because of them.
animal in oil.jpg oil covered  animal.jpg

Environmental problems
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offshore oil platform
The environment can also be harmed by off shore drilling. Oil is classified as hazardous waste and there is no way that bringing it up from our ocean floor is a good idea. There are too many things that could go wrong with this. Drilling causes air pollution. Just one exploratory drill ship produces the same amount of smog as 7,000 cars driven at 50 miles per day. When BP’s deep water oil rig blew up oil spread for 1,000 miles on the shore line. About 200 million gallons of oil spilled. Not all of the oil is able to be picked up. It is still in the water today. This is bad because it will continue to harm the environment. Also oil will harm plants on shore. This is not good because it shows how far oil can travel. If oil from the water gets to the land then it will mess up two ecosystems.
Oil covers the beach

Negative Impact On Humans
no-sailing-sign.jpgWhen you think of oil spills you don’t think about humans but really there is a negative impact on humans also. One thing is that we spend a lot of money. Shell has spent $4.5 billion in leases and equipment to drill in Alaska. Many stores on the shore line near an oil spill lost money because no one was coming to the beach because it was covered in oil. Also many actives have to stop. For example: going to the beach, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling and boating. All seafood will be harmed and therefor you cannot eat it. Lots of time mercury is found in fish. If there is mercury in fish then you cannot eat them. Another problem is human health, especially for oil rig workers.

The Future
In the future I think that we will not have to ocean oil drill. In the far future I see not even drilling for oil on land. Solar power has come so far. Many people have been adding solar panels to their homes. This is a really good idea because it takes natural energy that does not have to be brought up from under the ground. It does not cause global warming. Also wind energy has been coming along. There are now wind farms that gather wind in an environmentally friendly way. People have started driving cars that don’t need gas, they run on electricity. Also in the future all of the gas will run out. We need to be prepared for when this happens by starting to switch from natural gas to solar and wind power.
solar panels

NoOilDrilling.jpgAs you can see the risks outweigh the benefits of ocean oil drilling. Now ships are being sent to the coast of
Alaska. That is very bad because there are many endangered animals living up there. Also the ecosystem there is much more complex than the Gulf of Mexico’s. Oil drilling is bad because it hurts animals, creates pollution and has a negative impact on humans!

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