Oil Spill Facts
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.