Oil and Gas Industry Toxic Spills 1996-2008 Map
This new map shows oil industry spills in America's Arctic.
This new map shows oil industry spills in America's Arctic. Each year, there is a toxic spill a day -- and over 453 spills each year -- on average, from the oil and gas industry on Alaska’s North Slope, according to a new analysis and map derived from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s spill database for 1996 to 2008. There were a total of 5,895 spills with 2.7 million gallons spilled of 40 hazardous and toxic substances caused by operations of the North Slope oil fields, pipelines, and exploratory activities during the past 13 years. Over 500 spills were recorded for each of the two most recent years. Hundreds of toxic spills took place in offshore fields and exploration in the Beaufort Sea, including at Endicott (109 spills) and Northstar (148 spills).