Are major oil spills in ocean environments responsible for the bulk of environmental contamination?

July 4, 2018

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), roughly 706 million gallons of petroleum are released into the ocean each year. Many believe that the bulk of this is caused by major catastrophic oil spills. However, the facts demonstrate that small spills or minor leaks add up significantly over time. In reality, a 2010 study estimated that between 10 and 16 million gallons of spills are caused by poor maintenance practices or regular leaks and spills. This means that those companies who truly wish to be environmentally responsible must take a look at the full range of their equipment, maintenance processes and product use to make the most sustainable choices.

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