Offshore oil and gas in the united states provides a large portion of the nations oil and gas supply large oil and gas reservoirs are found under the sea offshore from louisiana texas california and alaskaenvironmental concerns have prevented or restricted offshore drilling in some areas and the issue has been hotly debated at the local and national levels. The concerted push offshore came after the second world war which put development on hold as oil companies diverted their attention to mobilization on august 15 1945 the day after the japanese surrender in the pacific war the united states lifted gasoline and fuel oil rations the roar of car engines filled streets and highways everywhere. The united states of oil and gas since 2010 the united states has been in an oil and gas boom in 2015 domestic production was at near record levels and we now produce more petroleum products . The principal product of the oil in the 19th century was kerosene which quickly replaced whale oil for illuminating purposes in the united states originally dealing in whale oil which was widely used for illumination charles pratt 1830 1891 of massachusetts was an early pioneer of the natural oil industry in the united states. The exploration history of the us offshore oil and natural gas industry began in the pacific ocean at the end of the 19th centuryas recently as 1947 no company had ever risked drilling beyond the sight of land
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