Environmentalists: Don't Overlook Onshore Drilling

Environmentalists: Don't Overlook Onshore Drilling

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Dozens of environmental groups large and small are urging congressional leaders not to overlook onshore drilling amid debate over how to prevent another oil spill like the Gulf of Mexico disaster. Organizations including Earthjustice, the Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society say drilling for oil and gas often occurs in residential areas, yet uses large volumes of toxic chemicals and creates large amounts of toxic waste.

The groups want more regulation of onshore drilling. They put their concerns before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a letter earlier this week. An industry group, the Western Energy Alliance, says giving more oversight to the federal regulators who failed to prevent the Gulf disaster would be a bad idea.

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Since oil is a finite

Since oil is a finite resource wouldn't it be a good idea to make it a national priority to find a replacement? When we eventually start to run short (and that day will come in most of our lifetimes) it will be very expensive!

Drill baby drill!

Lets just do it!

What is wrong?

Depend on foreign oil?

We now know that there is a LOT of oil in the Gulf and in the barren Northern Alaska area. We have a lot of gas right here in Wyoming. Are the 'environmentalists' that want oil production stopped so wealthy they don't care about energy costs or do they have a lot of money invested in foreign oil? The disaster in the Gulf is horrible and will most likely cause some long term damage. I don't think we are quite ready to be drilling that deep in the ocean but we could easily and safely drill that deep on land. By supporting foreign oil, we are supporting the terrorists.