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US Wells Spilled More Oil in 2012 than Exxon Valdez Disaster

July 11, 2013
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Source: Oil Price

As the US oil and gas industry has gone through a boom over the past few years, the number of spills and accidents has increased into their thousands. The exact impact of the spills is unknown as data is spread out over various databases, websites, and filing cabinets of state agencies across the entire country.

EnergyWire has just spent four months sifting through all state and federal data in order to compile the most comprehensive report available on the spills and accidents that occurred in the US oil and gas industry in 2012.

It turns out that there were more than 6,000 reported incidents, an average of more than 16 spills a day, up 17% from 2010. The most common spills were the 100-gallon leaks (leaks of 100-gallons or less) that are contained within the site of the well and cleaned up the same day, but add all of them together and the total volume comes to 15.6 million gallons of oil, fracking fluid, wastewater and other liquids spilled at sites in 2012. The Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 only released 11 million gallons.

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