Offshore Drilling: Overview
Marine life and ocean ecosystems are threatened by renewed interest in oil drilling in the ocean spurred by a period of high gasoline prices. Expanded offshore drilling increases the risk of oil contamination to wildlife and communities, and contributes to economic losses and climate change. The risks are especially serious in the Arctic, a unique and fragile ecosystem where oil development is already underway and where even a small oil spill could be impossible to clean up.
The consumption of oil is a major contributor to climate change and ocean acidification, two serious threats to the ocean. In 2006, oil consumption accounted for nearly 45 percent of United States’ carbon dioxide emissions. The planet’s climate crisis will continue to worsen unless we quickly shift to a clean energy economy.
Oceana is working to prevent the expansion of offshore oil drilling.
Oceana opens legal procedures against the Spanish Directorate General for Energy Policy and Mines for hiding information about drilling in the Gulf of ValenciaPress ReleaseJuly 30, 2014
Oceana regrets the ruling of the Spanish Supreme Court in favour of oil drilling in the Canary IslandsPress ReleaseJune 24, 2014
The period announced by REPSOL for the prospecting in the Canary Islands is the most dangerous time of the yearPress ReleaseFebruary 21, 2014