Moving oil is a dirty business, and never has that been more clear than this past month. In the past 30 days the global oil industry has had 13 spills on three continents. And it's not just pipeline leaks; oil has spilled offshore and on, at train derailments and during routine maintenance. In North and South America alone, they've spilled more than a million gallons of oil and toxic chemicals -- enough to fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools.
How bad has it been? Here's an infographic I made of all the oil spills, leaks and transport derailments in the past 30 days.
"Enough is enough! How many of these accidents do we need to see before we get serious about phasing out our dependence on this dangerous industry. We have a choice to make between charting a course for our future and our children's future. Saying no to the Keystone XL, Enbridge Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and other proposals means saying yes to safer, healthier communities and getting serious about green jobs that we can feel proud of." -- Ben West, Tar Sands Campaign Director for Forest Ethics Advocacy
All spills in order of occurrence:
- A week-long leak of Kilometer 407.5 NNPC (Nigeria National Petroleum Corp) pipeline. No official number of barrels spilled released, however the spill saturated a hectare (10,000 sq meters) of marshy ground near a major water source.
- Enbridge Norman Wells Pipeline leaks 6,290 barrels of crude oil.
- Suncor Tar Sands tailings pond leaks 2,200 barrels of toxic waste fluid into the Athabasca River.
- CP Rail train derails and spills 952 barrels of Tar Sands crude oil.
- Exxon Mobil's Pegasus Pipeline suffers a 22 foot-long rupture, spilling at least 12,000 barrels of diluted Tar Sands bitumen.
- 16 barrels of an oil-based hydraulic fluid spills into the Grand River
- After suffering a reported theft of 60,000 barrels of oil per day from its Nembe Creek Trunkline pipeline, Shell Nigeria shuts off the pipe for nine days to repair damage.
- A drilling platform leaks 0.25 barrels of crude oil.
- 0.24 barrels (100 pounds) of hydrogen sulfide and 0.04 barrels (10 pounds of benzene) leak at an Exxon Refinery.
- The OPEC-managed OCP pipeline leaks 5,500 barrels of heavy crude oil, contaminating the Winchele estuar.y
- Human error during maintenance spills 157 barrels of crude oil at a Repsol E&P USA Inc pipeline pump station.