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With an estimated 706 million gallons of waste oil entering the ocean each year, oil spills have a disastrous and profound effect on our environment and our economy. Since the world relies so heavily on the production of petroleum oil, there are many causes of spills including accidents, the breakdown of equipment, natural disasters and deliberate and illegal dumping of oil into our water. Pipelines, oil rigs and...
Traditionally, the most common way to contain and control a spill is by using an oil boom. Oil booms are bulky and made of heavy materials making them difficult to store at sea or at water entry points such as marinas, and therefore they can only be transported to the site after an oil spill is reported. They also require specialized equipment for transport and setup as well as skilled personnel for proper deployment.
Oil spills have a devastating and long-term impact on waterways and coastal areas around the world. When a spill occurs, oil rapidly spreads in the water thanks to currents and the wind. As it spreads, oil mixes with water and becomes sticky, clinging to helpless marine life unable to avoid its deadly pursuit.
Oil spills happen on a daily basis in Canada and around the world, leaving an undeniable footprint on our environment. They contaminate our water supply, significantly impact our health, and destroy helpless marine life and coastal wetlands unable to avoid their deadly pursuit.