Why do so many oil spills happen?

Discussion in 'In the News' started by Chuck, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    [​IMG] Quick answer: drilling for oil is not that safe or easy.

    [FIMG=RIGHT]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Oil_rig_sinking.jpg[/FIMG]Andrea Thompson - CSMONITOR - Apr 23, 2010

    Informative. --Ed.

    The explosion and sinking of an oil rig in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday has created a potentially serious environmental situation, though experts are not sure how bad it might be. That all depends on whether the oil from the rig's well spills and where it goes.

    From what we do know, here are answers to some common questions about oil spills:

    Q: Why do so many oil spills happen?

    In brief, because there are a lot of tricky steps to get oil from inside the Earth to inside, say, your gas tank. Oil spills can be caused by the accidental or intentional release of any form of petroleum during any point in the oil production process, from drilling, refining, or storing to transporting. Oil can be spilled when a pipeline breaks, ships collide or are grounded (as happened earlier this month along the Great Barrier Reef), underground storage tanks leak, or in the current case, when an oil rig explodes or is damaged.... [RM]http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2010/0423/Why-do-so-many-oil-spills-happen[/RM]
     

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