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Offshore Drilling & Ethical Consideration

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DeAndra Weaver

on 29 September 2014

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Transcript of Offshore Drilling & Ethical Consideration

What is it?
Principles Threatened
Principles Respected
Principles Violated
Principles Respected
Principles Violated
Principles Threatened
Principles Respected
Principles Violated
Offshore Drilling & Ethical Considerations
Colin Nelson, et al. "A Goal-Based Solution To Offshore Drilling Challenges In Arctic Environments." Offshore Technology Conference 2009.(2009): 967-973. GeoRef. Web. 8 Nov. 2012.
Latham, Mark A. "Five Thousand Feet And Below: The Failure To Adequately Regulate Deepwater Oil Production Technology." Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 38.2 (2011): 343-367. GreenFILE. Web. 12 Nov. 2012.
Lamb, Robert. "How Offshore Drilling Works" 10 September 2008. HowStuffWorks.com. <http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/offshore-drilling.htm> Web. 7 November 2012.
Jervis, Rick, Welch, William M., and Wolf, Richard. "Worth the risk? Debate on offshore drilling heats up." <http://usatoday.com> 7 November 2012. Web.
Barely Political. "Spongebob is F#$%$ by the BP Oil Spill."_YouTube_.Web.
Institute for Energy Research. OCS.<http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org>.Web. 2 June 2011.

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Implications
Ethical Principles To Consider
Keep Drilling
Practices the
Same
Enforce
Stricter
Regulations

Benefits the individual.
•Benefits society.
•Do not harm others.
•Do not deceive others.
•Do not violate the law.
•Do not infringe on a person’s freedoms over his/her actions or body.
•Acknowledge a person’s right to due process and fair compensation for harm done.
•Acknowledge a person’s rights to life, information, privacy, free expression, and safety.
Option 2
Option 1
Principles Threatened
Option 3
Loosen Drilling Regulations
How is it done?
Latham describes that, "Locating oil thousands of feet beneath the surface of the ocean requires a combination of technical know-how, complex technology, and luck. At this exploratory stage, perhaps no technology is more important than three-dimensional seismic technology,which relies upon sound waves transmitted by specially equipped vessels to produce a three-dimensional record of the subsurface geology. This three dimensional
record is then scrutinized by a variety of scientists for geological features strongly suggestive of the presence of oil" (346-347).
We are extremely dependent on oil. And majority of our oil is imported from unstable countries. Being able to find a sufficient source on our land will allow us to be less dependent on other countries.
However, this industry employs (directly and indirectly) approximately 62,500 people.
"The United States consumes nearly one-fourth of the world's oil but produces only about 10%. Its 1.76 billion-acre Outer Continental Shelf, which extends from about 3 to 200 miles offshore, is prime hunting ground" (Jervis, Welch, Wolf 1).
Why?
Resource Sustainability
Pollution from Everyday Operations
Potential Oil Spills from pipelines, tankers, and platforms
Because of our great demand for "fossil fuels, petroleum companies constantly comb the planet for new reserves. Since oceans cover nearly three-quarters of Earth's surface, a great deal of those reserves wind up underwater" (Lamb).
Offshore drilling involves drilling into the Earth's core under the ocean's surface for oil. It has been done for hundreds of years, with one of the first platforms being developed in 1897 off the shore of California (Nelson).
Where?
A person's right to safety
A person's right to due process and fair compensation for harm done
Benefits Society
Benefits the individual
Does not deceive others
Does not violate the law
Does not infringe on a person's freedoms over his/her actions or body
A person's right to life, information, privacy, and free expression
Does not harm others
Acknowledge how an action produces beneficial consequences for the individual.
Acknowledge how an action produces beneficial consequences for society.
Help those in need.
Assist others in pursuing their best interests.
Do not harm others.
Do not deceive others.
Acknowledge a person’s rights to life, information, privacy, free expression, and safety.
Acknowledge how an action produces beneficial consequences for the individual.
Acknowledge how an action produces beneficial consequences for society.
Do not harm others
Help those in need.
Assist others in pursuing their best interests.
Do not deceive others.
Acknowledge how an action produces beneficial consequences for the individual.
Acknowledge how an action produces beneficial consequences for society.
Acknowledge a person’s rights to life, information, privacy, free expression, and safety.
Do not infringe on a person’s freedoms over his/her actions or body.
Conclusion
We have decided, based on our research, evaluation of options and principles, that it is more feasible to keep drilling practices the same. With proper research of alternative energy sources, it is important we maintain slight research and function of offshore drilling in case of emergencies. However, with the current demand of oil and the reserves we estimate we have, the best option will also include social awareness of drilling and a significant trend that moves us to an alternative source.
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