Possible Plans of a Drilling Rig?

Why are we even considering this as a possibility?

Could the oil company guarantee this project to be safe and efficient?

Did you know it could take years or possibly decades before any significant amount of oil is ready for our use? It isn't even certain that where we drill will have the amount of oil we supposedly need. Instead of drilling in the refuge now and consuming all of it's oil within the next two or three decades, we could saved it as a last resort to use years from now when we've used up all of our other resources. A drilling rig in the Arctic National Refuge takes the focus away from our real problem: our excessive use of oil.

Switching Roles.

Take a moment and imagine you're a fisherman, living near the Refuge in Alaska; if the drilling rig were to explode, or something were to happen, like in the BP oil spill, how would that effect you?

What About The Impact On Our Environment?

Do we really want more animals to die over the consumption of oil?

Drilling in the refuge could harm any one of the animals that live there or near that area. Not only drilling in the area, but the human activity poses harm to the numerous animals living in the refuge. Anyone who remembers what happened in 2010 with the BP oil spill knows the possibility of harm being brought to the animals. Do we really want that to happen?

With the BP oil spill there was a lot of people and companies to clean it up, since it was a high populated area; whereas with Alaska there are not a lot of people and companies around to clean it up. We'd have to fly in coast guards; the process would be much more expensive and not to mention a lot more time consuming.

Would it be dangerous? Not only to animals but the workers and the atmosphere as well.

Searching for oil in Alaska involves seismic pulses or explosions (these penetrate the ground); these types of explosions can scare animals off of their natural migration patterns.

Drilling for oil releases a large amount of pollutants and can also lead to the release of methane, nitrogen oxides and airborne particulate matter, which can cause smog and acid rain.

Transporting oil out of Alaska is very hazardous and not to mention hard. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez tanker ran off the road and ended up spilling 10.9 million gallons of oil into the coast of Alaska.