In a review of 30 of the largest oil spills from 1942 to 1978, contradictory figures were found for several major spills, as well as evidence of information deliberately kept secret or missing entirely. The most reliable and complete information was usually found in government publications. Records kept of oil spills in US waters by the USCG were recently computerized and are probably complete enough for accurate statistics but do not cover accidents in open water or on the coasts of other countries. A major source of inconsistencies is the fact that spills are variously reported in US gallon, Imperial gallon, short ton, long ton, and metric ton.

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    • Sponored by the National Science Foundation.
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    Gulf Publishing Company

    Box 2608
    Houston, TX  United States  77001
  • Authors:
    • Butler, J N
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 101-112
  • Serial:
    • Ocean Industry
    • Volume: 13
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: Gulf Publishing Company

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308374
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Contract Numbers: OCE-76-15133, OCE-77-18662
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1980 12:00AM