Offshore oil drilling
Until a 30-year moratorium expired in 2012, oil exploration and drilling off our Atlantic and Pacific coasts had been prohibited. However, by recently approving the use of sonic cannons to locate energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor, our current administration has recently decided to allow oil exploration and drilling off our Atlantic coast. It has estimated that about 5 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 38 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas lie beneath federal waters from Florida to Maine. Even so, past court decisions have upheld the right of a state to ban drilling if it threatens its coast or fisheries. Unhappy environmentalists are worried about the use of sonic cannons, which shoot sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine, into waters shared by whales and turtles. They, along with fishing and tourism advocates, fear an oil spill or accident could irreparably damage coastal ecosystems along with the industries they support. The memory of the ecosystem damage resulting from BP’s 210 million gallon Gulf oil spill in 2010 is still fresh in the minds of many. They claim these ecosystems have still not recovered, and say there remain many risks in the business of deepwater drilling which oil companies are not prepared for.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.1330 - American-Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act
H.R.1977 - Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act

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