OFFSHORE DRILLING IN
THE GULF OF MEXICO
Americans understand the need for more oil and
gas from the United States. But the federal
government has held back 80% of the Outer
Continental from drilling for oil and gas.
The Department of Interior ( part of the
government) estimates there is enough gas to
heat 100 million homes for 60 hears or enough
gas to replace current Persian Gulf imports for
59 year in the offshore drilling held back.
What are the benfits of drilling offshore?
Offshore “rigs” an ehlp marine wildlife. They act
as places for fish to live and hide.
Scuba divers like to visit the “rigs” and see the
fish which live in the area.
Also, new technology has decreased the oil
spills. Automatic well-head cut-off valves keep
oil from leaking if the platform breaks away in a
It is a win-win. We do not have to get oil from
countries that are not our friend and we provide
a place for marine life to live.