Why is there a ban on offshore oil drilling?

Answer 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 »

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Why is offshore oil drilling good?

Since a ban imposed in 1981 by the United States Congress, oil drilling off the coast of the U.S. has been confined to regions in the Gulf of Mexico. However, there are a number of benefits that co... 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 »

Offshore Drilling Tools?

The tools used in offshore drilling are a combination of state-of-the art computer technology and solid mechanics. The work is dangerous, primarily because of the force of the gas or oil when relea... Read More »

Who enforces the offshore drilling ban?

More than one U.S. agency enforces the ban on offshore drilling. The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard physically address offshore drilling because the Coast Guard is in char... Read More »