New regulations on oil drilling in different parts of Oklahoma have reportedly significantly reduced the frequency of quakes and tremors in the state. This seems to prove that thousands of tremor "swarms" or quakes experienced in different areas, having magnitudes as high as 5.0, are actually man-made.
A five-year offshore drilling plan has been set out by the Obama administration to block off any possible oil drilling activities in the Arctic Ocean, specifically in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska. Set out for 2017 to 2022, the new offshore plan may save the deteriorating conditions of the Arctic environment.
Ever heard of a man-made earthquake? Studies show that one of the recent and dangerous earthquakes in the state of California may not have been caused by the dreaded San Andreas Fault.
Every year, thousands of Pacific walrus gather to feed and raise their young along a shallow, 30-mile-long shelf off the coast of northwest Alaska. One of the Chukchi Sea's most biologically productive spots, it is an important feeding ground for bowhead whales too. And yet, it also happens to be just downstream from a number of oil and gas leases. Now, the US federal government is stepping in, granting new protections to ensure the safety of the spot.
A leaky oil rig may be absolutely terrible for our ocean's ecosystems, but what about one that's functioning perfectly? A recent study has determined that large oil or gas platforms off the California coast are actually serving as ideal bases for highly productive marine habitats, boasting a stunning amount of healthy aquatic life.
For the first time in decades, the Eastern Seaboard is being offered up as a site for offshore oil exploration, as the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor, The Associated Press (AP) reported.