The operation of oil wells on the continental shelf, sometimes in water hundreds of feet deep.
What Is A “Ban”?The word ban gets bandied about a lot these days, from vegan brides wanting to ban meat-eaters from their weddings to plastic straws getting banned from coffee drinks. But where did it come from and what does it mean now?
Public debate about offshore drilling concentrates on the possibility that large oil spills will occur, with subsequent damage to the coastal environment.
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