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Crude Operations Oil and the Environment The environmental impacts of offshore oil drilling greatly outweigh the economic benefits provided Although it has been a continuous activity for more than a decade One can not help but wonder why offshore drilling continues when considering the pollution caused how it eliminates the supply of natural resources murders innocent sea creatures and actually damages the national economy There are however solutions to this problem Before solutions can be presented it is important to discuss the various problems First offshore oil drilling results in both sea and land based pollution The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA claims that with offshore drilling comes substantial routine pollution in the forms of oil and gas By routine the EPA means a near constant flow from oil rigs and derricks Sisskin Nothing is ever done about the pollution and until something is done about the oil being put into the sea our oceans are at risk So just how much oil is put in the oceans According to a study conducted by the World Research Institute between 3 and 6 million tons of oil are discharged into the oceans every year Gorman 48 To put this in perspective that is approximately 4 football stadiums filled to the top with oil That is just every yearand this has been going on for more than a decade In total 45 million tons of oil in the past ten years that have been put into the oceans There are several ways that oil ends up in the oceans One method is through drilling accidents and another is through spillage from tankers and other transports In 1990 alone 18 of the total oil discharged occurred daily in the New York - New Jersey Harbor American Oceans Campaign And this is only an eighth of the total oil spilled Take a moment and just think about how much oil was spilledthat
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