Silent Oil Spills

About This Video: Over 6 Billion gallons of lubricating oil are lost directly to the environment every year. Want to change that?

In 1989, an accidental oil tanker spill resulted in 11 million gallons of crude oil being spilled into the sea along the coast of Alaska. The recent accidental explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform off of the Gulf Coast resulted in the release of over 200 million gallons of oil into the ocean.

These incidents caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, great environmental harm and unprecedented outcry from journalists, environmental groups and the public, all of whom strongly condemned anyone involved.

However, according to a DOE commissioned study, an estimated 348 million to 426 million gallons of used motor oils and industrial lubricants are improperly disposed of or illegally dumped into the environment in the United States each year. The EPA also estimates the amount of used oil illegally dumped each year in the United States in the hundreds of millions of gallons. This is the equivalent of two to three oil tanker-sized spills every month… just in the U.S.

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