Oil Spills Continue to Plague the World as Tanker Traffic, Oil Pipe Flow Increase

By: | September 13th, 2016

Venezuela Oil Pollution Lake Maracaibo

Venezuela Oil Pollution Oil Slicks on Lake Maracaibo(Image Courtesy Wikimedia By Image courtesy NASA Earth Observatory (NASA Earth Observatory) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

The coastal metropolitan area of Vancouver, Canada, has become a major import, export, and business center thanks to the emergence of China as an economic power. The emergence of the US and Canada as major fossil fuel exporters and the huge demand for energy resources in Asia means Vancouver is seeing a large increase in oil tanker traffic and an increased risk of oil spills.

A recent documentary about Venezuela showed severely oil-polluted inland waterways and lakes where the main source of revenues for entire fishing villages have been wiped out, and children play in toxic oil and chemicals. Revenue that could have been used to update oil infrastructure and pipelines and stem the flow of pollutants has evaporated. This type of problem is repeated all over the world.

As discussed in a paper from Ecology and Society, oil use continues to expand worldwide while inadequate storage and distribution systems continue to lead to oil tanker accidents and damage to the marine environment, marine biology, human health, and economies.

The following is a compendium of key concepts and terms related to oil spills that have been covered on IndustryTap or will be in the future:

  • OIL SPILLS
  • CRUDE OILS
  • GALLONS OF OIL
  • OIL SLICKS
  • SPILL RESPONSES
  • OIL TANKERS
  • HORIZON OIL
  • AMOUNT OF OIL
  • VALDEZ OIL
  • OIL RIGS
  • OIL POLLUTION
  • SPILL PREVENTION
  • SPILL OCCURS
  • OFFSHORE OIL
  • OIL WELLS
  • OIL DRILLING
  • OIL COMPANY
  • HORIZON SPILL

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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