When was offshore drilling for oil first done?

Answer Offshore drilling for oil first started in 1887 off the shores of Summerland, California. H.L. Williams came up with the idea of building a wharf and putting a drilling rig on it. The first offshor... Read More »

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Why is there a ban on offshore oil drilling?

Since 1981, oil companies have been forbidden from drilling offshore in most parts of the U.S., including the East Coast, the West Coast and Alaska. In 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama proposed li... Read More »

What is offshore drilling?

Offshore drilling is a type of drilling that allows oil companies to acquire fossil fuels from sea beds and in the ocean floor. This type of oil drilling creates a number of social and environmenta... Read More »

When did the ban on offshore drilling begin?

The Obama administration issued a six-month ban on deep-water oil drilling on May 27, 2010. The order came after an offshore oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. A New Orleans ... Read More »

What percentage of U.S. oil comes from offshore drilling?

Thirty-three percent of U.S. domestically produced oil comes from offshore drilling. Thirteen percent of U.S. natural gas also comes from offshore drilling. Some drilling rigs operate in water as m... Read More »