The Drilling For Offshore Drilling

1433 WordsNov 19, 20156 Pages
IS MAKING OIL DEALS WORTH THE SPILLS It seems today that everything comes with a promise or a benefit. Often as humans we have to make the choice whether we want to be more self-reliance or have a safer environment. That brings us to the subject of offshore drilling in regards to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Offshore drilling is the process of drilling for oil offshore in places such oceans or sea beds through an oil rig. Sound like something non-complex. Many would assume that offshore drilling could not have very much effect in regards to onshore. The most politically correct way for a person to decide where they stand on this issues is to research both sides of it. If a person only looks at one side of the spectrum when it…show more content…
Not even covering the danger of accidents the process in which oil is drilled is dangers in itself to the environment. During the process of drilling offshore, “each drill well generates tens of thousands of gallons of waste drilling muds (materials used to lubricate drill bits and maintain pressure) and cuttings. Drilling muds contain toxic metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium that may bioaccumulate and biomagnify in marine organisms, including in our seafood supply.”(Natural Resources Defense Council 2009) Having yet to cover the worst part of offshore oil drilling we have already come across toxic metals that are released in the water during the drilling process. These toxic metals that are released in the water are not only harmful to water creatures and wildlife but extremely harmful to humans. Take the toxic metal lead, for example, lead in itself is very detrimental to the health of adults. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the intake of lead can lead to, “ cardiovascular effects, increased blood pressure, the incidence of hypertension, decreased kidney function, and reproductive problems (in both men and women). Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in; behavior and learning problems, lower IQ, hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems, and anemia. ”( United States Environmental Protection Agency 2015) If you as an adult does not care enough
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