Letters to the Editor

November 11, 2013 10:08 AM

Letter | Is off-shore drilling answer to Georgetown’s economic problems?

I recently had the pleasure of attending an Offshore Energy Conference to learn about the exploration and extraction of natural gas and oil from our OCS (Outer Continental Shelf). The Continental shelf is the area from the shoreline out to the edge of the slope that falls into the deep ocean, a distance of about 60 miles off of our coastline. The water depth on the shelf reaches about 100 feet. Evidently, based on past experience and ocean floor research, the most likely place to find oil and natural gas deposits is along the foot of the slope in deep water. The area of the OCS is slightly smaller than the onshore area of our state or about 19.3 million acres.

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