Lifting the Ban on Crude Oil Exports: Implications for spill preparedness and the environment

The United States is now the third largest crude oil exporter, after the 40-year crude oil export embargo was lifted in 2015. It is imperative to understand the impacts of increasing oil exports so as to properly allocate preparedness and response assets. Today, as melting sea ice makes oil more accessible, the risk of a spill is moving north into Arctic territories. The unforgiving weather and lack of major ports nearby would make response to a significant spill quite difficult. Continuing to examine, monitor, and assess changes in export and transportation patterns is essential to understanding how oil spill risk may be changing, and to providing the information needed to prevent an oil spill rather than clean one up.


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  • Accession Number: 01787973
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2021 5:23PM