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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 56 (1972)

Issue: 10. (October)

First Page: 2109

Last Page: 2110

Title: Potential Impact of Oil Development on Ecology and Environment of Middle Atlantic Offshore Area: ABSTRACT

Author(s): L. R. Tucker

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Oil drilling and exploitation have made a calculable impact on the environment in the mid-Atlantic offshore area. Oil pollution is related to the overall polution problem, but there are possibly other direct consequences of oil drilling and exploitation. From actual known oil pollution occurrences, both natural

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and manmade, it is shown that pollution from natural means has very little impact on ecology. The record also shows that manmade pollution caused by drilling and exploitation in marine areas is, except in local areas, both short lived and not very persistent.

The loss of oil through transport petroleum products produces effects as large as or larger than any exploitation effects; these effects will increase as larger quantities of oil are imported, though they can be lessened by strict enforceable rules.

All interested groups must work together to lessen any possible adverse effects upon the entire economy; they must not take opposite polarized attitudes.

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