Oil drilling

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Oil drilling rigs (c. 1920)

Oil drilling is the commercial activity of drilling for, and exploiting subterranean petroleum or hydrocarbon resources.

For decades there has been a federal moratorium on new offshore oil drilling for much of the continental United States. In September 2008, under pressure by high oil prices and the status of drilling as a Presidential campaign issue, Congress refrained from renewing the ban and allowed it to sunset.