Like The Apollo Missions, Offshore Drilling Represents America’s Innovative And Exploratory Potential

Although offshore drilling may not be as landmark of an event as the Apollo spaceflights and subsequent Moon landings, just like Apollo, it will help humanity explore more of the planet hidden by oceans.

In January, President Donald Trump issued an order to reopen the shores of the East Coast to the potential of offshore drilling in the effort for the nation to become energy independent. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of the Interior via the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) approved a plan to let five companies conduct seismic testing of the ocean floor from Florida to the New Jersey border, which has come with controversy attached.

The testing would utilize airguns to send sound waves into the ocean down to the seabed to map areas within the continental shelf to deliver the whereabouts of potential caches of oil and natural gas. Though, environmentalists have echoed concerns that the efforts could harm tens of thousands of dolphins, whales, and other marine animals, including endangered species that live in the waters off the East Coast.

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