Oil Drilling And Towards This End This Case Study

Length: 2 pages Sources: 1 Subject: Energy Type: Case Study Paper: #58119316 Related Topics: Beach, National Park, Hurricane Katrina, End Of Life
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¶ … oil drilling and towards this end this study will examine issues related to oil drilling and specifically as oil drilling relates to the environment.

According to 'Live Science' when it comes to oil drilling "there are extremes on both sides." (2014, p. 1) Firstly, the attempt to "pin down the impact of seismic waves on wildlife often must rely on caged animals" when it comes to experiements in the laboratory. (Live Science, 2014, p. 1) I ti sreported that Exxon Mobile has to suspend Madagascar exploration for oil when in exxcess of 100 whales ended up beaching themselves. (Live Science, 2014, paraphrased) There are however, some important advances in the process of drilling oil in terms of bringing about a reduction in the environmental footprint and stated specifically is that the oil companies "are now able to drain several oil fields from one platform. And new horizontal drilling techniques allow more oil to be extracted from a single well." (Live Science, 2014, p. 1) In terms of major infrastructure it is reported that "infrastcture such as roads, jet landing strips, repair shops, homes and industrial complexes -- is, of course,...


1) In the 1970s many of the same concerns arose over the construction of the Alaskan Pipeline however, the report goes on to state that there "hasn't really been any effect on the wildlife; they congregate near the pipeline and it doesn't seem to bother them." (Live Science, 2014, p. 1)

The work of Horton (2014) reports that any time that oil is "recovered from the ocean floor, other chemicals and toxic substances come up too -- things like mercury, lead and arsenic that are often released back into the ocean. The infrastructure required to drill wells and transport offshore oil can be equally devastating. A series of canals built across Louisiana wetlands to transport oil has led to erosion. Along with the destruction of the state's marshland caused by drilling efforts, the canals have removed an important storm buffer, possibly contributing to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The petrochemical plants built nearby add to the negative effects." (Horton, 2014, p. 1) However those who support drilling offshore cite the technological improvements and stronger oversight…

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Drilling risks and Rewards (2014) Live Science. Retrieved from: http://www.livescience.com/4979-oil-drilling-risks-rewards.html

Why is Offshore Drilling So Controversial? (2014) How Stuff Works. Retrieved from: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/offshore-drilling-controversy2.htm

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