What Are the Negative Effects of Oil Drilling?

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What Are the Negative Effects of Oil Drilling?
As oil supplies run low, the pros and cons of increased drilling are increasingly debated. (pumpjack image by Empath from Fotolia.com)

Oil drilling takes place throughout the world and provides much of its energy. However, there are negative effects to be considered. Environmental, economic and political consequences are all involved.


Oil drilling can potentially have negative environmental effects. Drilling disturbs local ecosystems and a spill can cause catastrophic damage if not contained quickly.


Oil drilling can lower property values in nearby residential areas. Oil spills can harm local economies if they effect nearby fishing or farming.

Pollution/Oil Dependency

Drilling oil is an energy intensive process that releases pollutants into the air. Increased drilling means that countries have less reason to research environmentally-friendly energy alternatives. It also discourages consumers from purchasing more fuel-efficient vehicles which would add less pollutants to the environment.

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