Offshore Oil Drilling

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Offshore Oil Drilling 1 The Time Has Come For More Offshore Oil Drilling [pic] Figure 1 shows what a typical offshore oil rig looks like. http://jonesact.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/oilrig.jpg Bryce D. Cates EPD 155 Sec 3 “Research Project” April 15, 2010 Offshore Oil Drilling 2 To: Paul Ross From: Bryce D. Cates Date: April 15, 2010 Subject: Cover Memo What do we do to obtain oil to meet the needs of Americans without having to “sell out” to Middle Eastern countries, not only with money but with foreign policy? This paper intends to refute the claims of those opposing America’s attempts to address its own energy needs rather than rely on the oil sources of other…show more content…
The environmentally sensitive Bristol Bay in southwestern Alaska would be protected and no drilling would be allowed under the plan (Broder, 2010). [pic] Figure 3 What a typical Alaskan oil rig looks like http://earthfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/alaska-oil-rig.jpg The proposal is intended to reduce dependence on oil imports, generate revenue from the sale of offshore leases and help win political support for comprehensive energy and climate legislation. 4. Bristol Bay Offshore Drilling 7 The Obama administration’s plan adopts some drilling proposals floated by President George W. Bush near the end of his tenure, including opening much of the Atlantic and Arctic Coasts. Those proposals were challenged in court on environmental grounds and set aside by President Obama shortly after he took office. Unlike President Bush’s plan, President Obama’s proposal would put Bristol Bay, home to major Alaskan commercial fisheries and populations of endangered whales, off limits to oil rigs. Actual drilling in much of the newly opened areas would not begin for years (Broder, 2010). 5. Gulf of Mexico The eastern Gulf of Mexico tract that would be offered for lease is adjacent to an area that already contains thousands of wells and hundreds of drilling platforms. The eastern Gulf area is believed to contain as much as 3.5 billion barrels of oil
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