Essay on The Oil Industry and Air Pollution

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Ever since 1908, when Henry Ford manufactured a car that was affordable to most families, the need for oil has been growing more and more every year as humans want more and more products that use oil or are made from it. People and their need for oil far exceeds the need to fill up their car. It stretches out to vast amount of products that people use every day. Including plastics bags when they go shopping, the shampoo they use to clean their hair, the toys their kids play with and the insulation used to keep their houses warm. However with all the positives of oil they’re a lot of negatives that are a result of using oil. One immediate negative oil causes is pollution, oil has two predominant types of pollution. But before we can talk …show more content…
The second type is water pollution, which usually occurs when an accident happens where it is leaked into a water supply or the ocean, making the water toxic and contaminated, killing animals and making people sick. Although oil makes up such a large part of our daily lives, real thought and consideration needs to be taken about using less oil because the effects it has on people and the environment are very real and very serious.
On April 20th 2010 a damage Macondo wellhead part of an oil rig named the Deepwater Horizon rig, owned by Transocean and operated by BP (British Petroleum). Exploded 42 miles of the coast of Louisiana, immediately killing 11 workers and leaking for 87 days before the wellhead was capped. Although it was already much too late, as over 4.9 million barrels had already leaked into the Gulf. “Once the oil left the well, it spread throughout the water column. Some floated to the ocean surface to form oil slicks, which can spread more quickly by being pushed by winds. Some floated in the midwater, rising from the wellhead like a chimney and forming a 22-mile long oil plume.” (Ocean Si). Immediately after the spill, people began to debate whether or not drilling for oil is really that necessary, debating what’s more important, the industry and all the economics of drilling for oil, or the harm that happens to people and the environment when a disaster happens.
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