April 25, 2018
Oil Spill Kills More Than 2,400 Animals

An unclear amount of oil has leaked into Colombia’s waterways, and environmental activists are saying an oil company is to blame. At the beginning of March, an oil well in northern Colombia burst, spewing an unclear amount of oil into the Magdalena River, a principal waterway that flows about 950 miles northward through the western half of the […]

April 25, 2018
Operational discharge of oil

Ships | Offshore drilling | Pipelines Discharges of oil from shipping, offshore extraction of oil, and transport of oil in pipelines is the result of either accidents or “normal”, deliberate operational discharges. Accidental discharges (oil spills)occur when vessels collide or come in distress at sea (engine breakdown, fire, explosion) and break open, or run aground close to the shore, or when […]

April 25, 2018
Oil spills

Oil spills can come from a number of sources, including tankers and oil extraction and storage facilities. Spills from tankers are usually the result of a breach in the hull, either from running aground or hitting an object in the water. Major oil spills, such as the 2006 spill off the coast of Lebanon or […]

April 25, 2018
What are oil slicks?

Oil slicks float on oceans and seas, covering them in a thick film of crude or refined petroleum oil. When freight ships carrying tens of thousands of tons of fuel crash, malfunction, or encounter harsh weather, they spill enormous amounts of oil into the water. Since oil and water don’t mix, the oil spreads out […]

March 26, 2018
Kids’ pages on oil in the sea

Several agencies and organizations working to prevent discharges of oils into the marine and coastal environment offer educational material and special activities for children and students. The overall purpose of these efforts is to make young people familiar with the marine environment, make them care about it, and understand the consequences of abusing it. Several […]