What Is An Oil Spill
• Releasing of a liquid petroleum hydrocarbon into the
environment due to human activity and is a form of pollution.
• Can also be a marine oil spill, in which oil is released into the
ocean or coastal waters.
• It includes the releasing of crude oil from tankers, offshore
platforms, drilling rigs, and wells.
Negative Effects Of An Oil Spill
• Oil can lead to air pollution.
• Oil destroys the habitat of marine life.
• Oil can lead to acid rain.
• Oil washes up on beaches and marshes resulting in life threatening
habitats for wildlife species.
• Sea turtles, birds, whales, fish, otters, and other marine life can be
oil-soaked and die.
• Oil spills cause damage to flora fauna.
Four Major Oil Spills In History
• TheTorrey Canyon Oil Spill – March 18,1967
25 – 36 million gallons
• The Sea Star Oil Spill - December 19, 1972
35.3 million gallons
• Odyssey Oil Spill – November 10, 1988
40.7 million gallons
• M/T HavenTanker Oil Spill – April 11, 1991
45 million gallons