Oil Spills And Its Impact On The Environment

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Oil Spills, their impact on the environment, and the great loss of human and marine life are a severe problem for the oil industry, one which needs to be prevented in the future. Oil production and transportation at sea has grown to inconceivable levels. Increasingly, as a society, we are having larger and more numerous oil spills which in turn cause an increase in danger for marine life and human life, even though laws and regulations regarding the extraction and transfer of oil are becoming increasingly complex and thorough. Oil has is the lifeblood of our economy and has a long history as a source of heat and light, and more recently it is the main source of fuel that is used in transportation, and thus it maintains its presence as the lifeblood of our economy. The sheer quantity of oil now being transported by sea has increased in volume by huge factors, and the size of the rigs tankers used to extract and transport the oil has seen steady increases, which gives the possibility of larger environmental disasters due to spillage by accident or due to operations. Due to increasing population and booming economies, and despite the increasing demand of green energy, the world still sees a need for increasing demand in oil supplies. Only very recently has it begun to slow down in some parts of the world that have traditionally been major consumers of oil. The US National Research Council (2003) has released some stats on how much oil consumption has increased since 1970:
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