Global: Offshore Drilling
The Harmful Impacts of Offshore Drilling on Wildlife
By Grace Snyder
Offshore drilling is extremely harmful to humans and
to wildlife as it increases deaths and injuries to humans and speeds up climate
change. There are many risks from offshore drilling, such as deaths of workers
caused by oil rig explosions, fires, or other severe accidents. For instance, Deepwater Horizon was an oil
spill that resulted in an oil rig explosion, causing injuries, deaths, and many
other serious results from the explosion.
“The BP Deepwater Horizon disaster
should remind us that the benefits of drilling do not outweigh the threat to local
economies, public health, and the environment when an inevitable spill occurs”
(O’Malley 1). Oil rig explosions and/or spills can seriously damage and
completely destroy habitats of various species of wildlife (O’Malley 1).
“Opponents of offshore drilling have jumped on the spill as evidence that
offshore drilling is inherently dangerous, and not worth the risk” (Bailey 1).
In conclusion, offshore drilling and oil extraction is dangerous, and harmful
to both wildlife and humans.
drilling has had a direct impact on speeding up climate change. Climate change
can affect both humans and wildlife largely, as temperatures and climates are
constantly changing. Offshore drilling and oil extractions release fossil fuel
emissions, such as greenhouse gases, can then cause climate change. Temperatures
are rising in nearly every country on the planet.
“Fossil fuel emissions are
the leading source of climate-altering greenhouse gases from human activity”
(“Fracking is Harmful” 1). For example, colder places like the South Pole are
beginning to melt, therefore causing a disturbance in the environment of arctic
animals such as polar bears and penguins. In other parts of the world,
countries are experiencing excessive heat waves, which disrupts the life of
animals and humans. “The threat of climate change is real and immediate.
Expanding offshore drilling is irreconcilable with the realities of climate
science...” (O’Malley 2). Air pollution, water pollution, oil spills, and
greenhouse gases cause extreme effects on the Earth and the environment around
it, therefore destroying the quality of life for both animals and humans.
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Accessed 12 July 2020. Originally published as "Weighing the Benefits
& Costs of Offshore Drilling," Reason Foundation, 4
"Fracking Is Harmful to the Environment." The Environment, edited by Lynn M. Zott, Greenhaven
Press, 2014. Opposing Viewpoints. Gale In Context: Opposing
Accessed 13 July 2020. Originally published as "Fracking, Climate Change,
and the Water Crisis," Issue Brief, Sept.
O'Malley, Martin. "Don't Drill Along the East
Coast." New York Times, 2 Feb. 2015, p. A19(L). Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints,
Accessed 12 July 2020.