Oil Spill Facts

Oil spills are an unfortunate and inevitable part of the oil and gas industry. Thankfully, ACME Environmental has been there since 1967 to respond and clean up our environment! Through the use of oil spill containment boom and other response products, ACME responds all over the country and provides products all over the globe to help keep our lands and waterways safe. Here is a short list of oil spill facts to help you better understand this part of our industry.

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Fact #1: An oil spill is an unintentional release of crude oil or refined oil products into the environment

Fact #2: An oil spill can cause air, water and soil contamination that requires extensive cleanup and remediation.

Fact #3: Oil spills can be controlled by chemical dispersion, combustion, containment and/or absorptions.

Fact #4: In-situ burning has been used during oil spill cleanup since the late 1960s.

Fact #5: In-situ burning can have removal rates of up to 13,000 barrels per hour with a fire diameter of 33 feet.

Fact #6: Between 1970 and 2014, 50% of large tanker oil spills occurred while vessels were operating in open water.

Fact #7: More than 200 million gallons of crude oil was spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Fact #8: During the Exxon Valdez, over 50% of oil spill containment was damaged during retrieval during oil spill containment operations.

Fact #9: Over 11 million gallons of crude oil was spilled during the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.

Fact #10: Iraqi forces during the Gulf War intentionally released over 250 million gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf.


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Oil Containment Boom

Spill Response Plan

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