What's the NRC? They're the federal organization anyone calls when they have a spill of any kind. Manned 24/7 by the Coast Guard, they notify clean up departments, they keep statistics, they have a mediocre website.
I started randomly clicking on the incidents for last year -- they are mostly listed as "major" or "unknown" in severity.
A barge exploded in the Mississippi River in February, that created a 30ft X 30ft crude oil burning slick surrounding it. On September 11, 465,034 gallons of petroleum released from a pipeline in Kansas at 1:34 in the morning.
465,034 gallons of petroleum.
Released is a nice word, isn't it? The gas is contained in there, against it's will -- it longs to be free, into the air, the water, the atmosphere... liberate the gas!
The last one was reported on October 30, and I have been lightened for the last 3 days waiting for a new one to come up -- until I realized that these statistics were for the fiscal year which ended on Oct 30. It actually seems to have taken place on Nov.2 -- but for some reason they put it into Oct. Maybe they assumed it happened in October. Maybe they are hoping for a spill-free year...
In this "incident," 210,000-420,000 gallons of diesel oil were "released."
What the site didn't have was a tally of gallons of different substances released. I was so relieved! Now, this is, of course, the absolute impossible worst case scenario, but what if we multiplied 35,274 by the average of our two incidents -- (420,000 plus 465,000 divided by 2)
gallons of hazardous spills.
But then, these are only the incidents reported to the government.
Here's the description of the last case of the year:
|NRC Report Number:||853453|
Quantity in Water:
Body of Water Affected:
Federal On-Scene Coordinator:
|EPA Region IX|
On November 2, 2007 at 5:05 p.m. EDT the National Response Center received a report of a 210,000 to 420,000 gallon discharge of Diesel oil from a pipeline due to a pinhole leak on the pipeline. The incident was discovered on October 30 at 9:00 a.m. PDT in Bakersfield, California. The material was released below ground which then reached the ground water and then migrated to a monitoring well. A contractor has been hired by the company to clean up the material. The Federal On-Scene Coordinator is Environmental Protection Agency Region Nine.
The causes are varied -- but good to know we have not yet fallen victim to cyber attack.