There has been much opposition to drilling in ANWR and offshore for fear of oil spills and damage to the environment. The Democratic party in Congress has been complaining that the "Oil Companies" are not drilling on the leased areas that they have already and do not need the areas of ANWR or offshore. It is reported that many of these potential drilling leases are being met by challenges in courts by environmental groups when it comes time for drilling so many of these leases are not being used...
Deroy Murdock has a great article describing the environmental history of the offshore drilling we now have and how safe it has been even considering a massive hurricane rolling thru the Gulf of Mexico...
"The technology of the drilling industry may have improved, but offshore drilling is a dirty business, and it still leads to oil spills due to failed equipment, aberrant weather, or human error on a frequent basis," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in July 19's Houston Chronicle.
"Feinstein is correct. U.S. offshore oil drilling is not perfectly tidy. It's only 99.999 percent clean. Indeed, since 1980 - as MMS figures indicate - 101,997 barrels spilled from among the 11.855 billion barrels of American oil extracted offshore. This is a 0.001 percent pollution rate. While offshore drilling is not 100.00 percent spotless, this record should satisfy all but the terminally fastidious.
Ironically, in terms of oil contamination, Mother Nature is 95 times dirtier than Man. Some 620,500 barrels of oil ooze organically from North America's ocean floors each year. Compare this to the average 6,555 barrels that oil companies have spilled annually since 1998, according to MMS."
A year or so back I read an article on how we spill more oil in the parking lots of all Wal*Marts in a week then we have spilled at the oil plants already in operation in Alaska. Looking at the oil spill in the above photo of a parking spot at a business in Augusta County, how much oil is spilled each day on the roads already? More then the 0.001% lost in offshore drilling?
Now multiple that "oil spill" shown in the above photo by the 8 parking spots in just this one local business parking lot..