According to this article in US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, here are SOME THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT OFF-SHORE OIL DRILLING:
- The first offshore drilling in the US took place in the late 1800’s off of piers near Santa Barbara, Calif.
- The first successful open-water drilling took place in 1938 in the Gulf of Mexico.
- The federal government controls the “outer continental shelf” (OCS) from between 3 and 200 nautical miles off the US coastline. The coastal states control the OCS within the first 3 miles.
- The federal government signed the first oil/gas lease in 1954, located in the Gulf of Mexico.