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Are oil spills still a significant environmental problem?

Asked by jorein (7points) March 7th, 2020

I want to know if oil spills are still happening and how significant is their damage today.

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kritiper's avatar

Yes, they still occur from time to time. Although the Exxon Valdez spill occurred so long ago, you can still go into the area, dig down only a couple of inches, and find oil from the spill
The USS Arizona, sunk at Pearl Harbor, still leaks fuel oil.

kritiper's avatar

Another point to ponder: One quart of oil, improperly disposed of into the environment, pollutes 250,000 gallons of water.

johnpowell's avatar

More people die from having children. So the oil spills are just a blip and we shouldn’t be concerned. Sure, some people might die from the spills fucking the water they drink and the shrimp they eat. And some fishermen might not be able to catch seafood that they can sell putting them out a job. But not a concern.. More women die from childbirth. squirrel

Zaku's avatar

@johnpowell Um, maybe you personally and directly are not in much direct danger from an oil spill, especially if you are not right there when it happens.

But the planet’s ecosystems are inter-dependent, and every environmental disaster is important to maintaining a planet that can support life as we know it. And it looks like our industrialized activities and land use have been losing that game for life on Earth pretty terribly for quite some time now.

Not to mention that many of us care about all species, not just humans.

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