Offshore oil and gas in the gulf of mexico is a major source of oil and natural gas in the united states the western and central gulf of mexico which includes offshore texas louisiana mississippi and alabama is one of the major petroleum producing areas of the united states. 1 national commission on the bp deepwater horizon oil spill and offshore drilling the history of offshore oil and gas in the united states long version. 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 alaska. That government needs to strengthen its regulatory oversight of the offshore oil and gas industry has been one of the more obvious and least disputed lessons of the bp deepwater horizon spill. Most of the energy the united states gets from the ocean is oil and natural gas from wells drilled on the ocean floor other energy sources are under development offshore americas first offshore wind energy project the block island wind farm off the coast of rhode island became operational in december 2016 other wind energy projects are under consideration in several other areas off the
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