According to one site, “offshore drilling rigs pose enormous environmental risks.” Marine life is affected by both the testing and the oil drilling process, oil drilling can cause contamination to be released into the water when the oil rig is in operation, oil spills can cause serious damage and harm to marine and land animals and plants, and using oil rigs can interfere with fishing activities.
Nothing is safe. But many offshore oil platforms serve essentially as artificial reefs in places like the Gulf of Mexico; life thrives around them. This is not to diminish the real possibility of spills, obviously, but something like 50,000 wells have been drilled in the Gulf of Mexico – and you’ve heard of problems with how many? Maybe 2 or 3?
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