For the Sake of the Environment: Drill, Baby, Drill! (It Reduces Natural Oil & Gas Seepage)
One of the side affects of offshore oil production has been the reduction of oil and gas seepage due to decreases in subsea oil-reservoir pressure. Seep oil is chemically the same as commercially extracted oil, although the seep oil and tar have often undergone partial oxidation by the time they move into the water or onshore.
The seepage reductions due to offshore oil and gas extraction have, in some cases, resulted in significant reductions in natural oil and gas seep pollution over the last 40 years.
There are also anecdotal observations and research indicating that oil production around the world is responsible for ongoing reductions in hydrocarbon seepage pollution.
Ironically, the decreased oil and gas reservoir pressure due to ongoing “legacy” offshore oil and gas production (which continued even after the state-wide offshore moratorium was imposed) near the site of the famous 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill is resulting in reductions in California’s coastal seepage pollution. California beaches have become significantly cleaner over the last 50 years due to offshore oil and gas production. …
Thus offshore oil and gas production represents both an effective means of addressing the problems of seepage pollution as well as an economic opportunity.