In the last 50 years, the oil and gas industry has developed technology and exploration methods that are efficient, pose minimal threat to the environment, and will keep workers safe. The industry has even taken additional precautions to prepare for any and all foreseeable incidents, making offshore energy extremely safety conscientious. Some of the advanced technology includes 3D/4D seismic imaging to make sure operators can locate resources more accurately and storm chokes to detect damages to surface valves and blowout prevents to continually monitor subsurface and prepare for unexpected changes. The gas and oil industry has continually invested in improving technology, and shows no signs of slowing down.
According to the U.S. Department of Interior data, offshore operators produced 7 billion barrels of oil from 1985 to 2001 with a spill rate of only .001 percent. Even in 2005, with hurricanes Katrina and Rita 115 Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms and 535 pipeline were damaged, and still there were no major oil spills. It’s clear that over the years’ offshore oil and gas drilling has had a very low impact on environmental disasters, mostly due to the advancement in technology and exploration methods the invested in by the industry.
Studies by Quest Offshore Resources, Inc. show that offshore oil and natural gas leasing in the Atlantic OCS, Pacific OCS and Eastern Gulf of Mexico could, by 2035 create nearly 840,000 American jobs, raise more than $200 billion in revenue for the government and increase U.S. energy production by 3.5 million barrels of oil equivalent per day. The future numbers of offshore production prove that the industry is prepared to do a lot of good.
With over 65 years of experience operating in the Outer Continental Shelf the oil industry has a strong safety record. While the industry’s work environment involves heavy equipment, hazardous materials, high temperatures and pressures, safety in energy production always comes first. No matter the form of energy, or where it is produced, the industry will always continue to invest time and money into making sure safety is a top priority.