Definition: Oil well fires are oil gushers that have caught on fire, and burn uncontrollably.
Somewhere around 6 million barrels (950,000 m3) of oil were lost each day.
Eventually, privately contracted crews extinguished the fires, at a total cost of US $1.5 billion the fires had burned for months, causing widespread pollution
During the 1970's, people said oil would run out in 2000. Now, people are saying that oil would run out within 30-50 years.
Almost 70% of all oil comes from the middle east The US consumes about 25% of the world's oil resources yet they're only 300 million out of 6 billion people
Alternative fuels Thermal polymerization of materials to be made into oil Hydrogen cells biodiesel cold fusion solarenergy Wind Hydro-Electric Nuclear power
None of the previous alternative sources of energy are no where near as effective Or useful as fossil fuels.
Whenever oil is recovered from the ocean floor, other chemicals and toxic substances come up too -- things like mercury, lead and arsenic that are often released back into the ocean.
1969, the blowout of an offshore drilling platform in Santa Barbara, CA, causing 200,000 gallons of crude oil to spread over 800 square miles of ocean and shore.
Pollution from oil drilling has been shown to cause life-threatening diseases such as cancer and it can also destroy the traditional homelands of indigenous societies Roads, airports, housing complexes, pipelines, mines and other structures must be built when drilling for oil. These structures can disturb animal habitats and migration routes.
OMG!!! OMG!!! WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE EARTH RUNS DRY?! WOOOWWWWWW!!!!
Green house gasses will lower. Economic depression. If there is oil found, prices will sky rocket. Transportation departments will be desperate for new sources of energy Other sources will be generated for energy to heat And accommodate other needs.
Did you Know? Newer drilling and oil handling technologies reduce chances of oil spills Oil spills can be cleaned up Sunlight and bacteria degrade oil into less-harmful compounds The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says there are about 70 per day. Typically, these are small and do no serious harm. But big spills do occur sometimes, and the damage to ecosystems can be very great
Effects of oil pollution exposure. • Fumes are irritating to eyes, nose, mouth and lungs • If burned, contributes CO2 to global warming and to sulphur- and nitrogen-based gases that cause acid rain • Mechanical effects • clumps settle out on ocean flood, covering up habitat • collapses air space in fur and feathers
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