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Oil spills are commonplace, decried, and tolerated

July 27, 2007

Far from isolated mega-catastrophes – such as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska’s Prince William Sound – oil spills occur routinely around the world, causing environmental and economic damage, provoking investigations by regional governments, and often leaving the victims unsatisfied.

Entering the words “oil spill” in the Google News search engine returned more than 2,500 distinct articles published in the last 30 days on the topic.

At the top of the news right now is the 100-foot fountain of petroleum that smothered the Canadian town of Burnaby this week, after a pipeline was pierced by a road-excavation crew.

(Read the rest at Newsdesk.org.)

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