SchwartzReport: 2013 Oil and Gas 7,662 Spills to Leaks (20 a Day)

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Stephan A. Schwartz
Stephan A. Schwartz

This is a very important article because it gives us a sense of proportion and frequency concerning oil spills. The data should appall you.

America’s Oil And Gas Industry Averaged At Least 20 Spills Per Day In 2013
EMILY ATKIN – Think Progress

Despite missing data from one of the largest natural gas-producing states in the nation, an EnergyWire analysis released Monday found that the U.S. oil and gas industry was responsible for at least 7,662 spills, blowouts, and leaks in 2013 – an average of about 20 spills per day.

The figure represents an 18 percent increase in the number of spills EnergyWire counted in 2012, when 6,546 accidents were tallied. Though most of the spills were small, their combined volume added up to more than 26 million gallons of oil, gas, hydraulic fracturing fluid, and other substances, the report said.