BP Cited for More Than a Spill or Leak a Day in the U.S. for the Last 20 Years

Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Deepwater Horizon (photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

BP has been responsible for more than 8,000 spills, emissions or leaks of oil, chemicals or gases since 1990, according to the Sunlight Foundation. Using data collected by the National Response Center, which compiles reports on oil spills, radiation leaks, chemical emissions and other environmental accidents, the foundation found that BP had allowed chemicals such as benzene, ethylbenzene, and caustic soda solution to be discharged into the atmosphere, or bodies of water. Reports also revealed it permitted spills or gas releases at BP’s refineries, from pipelines, and even at airports where the Air BP subsidiary operates.

All together, BP was responsible for 8,052 incidents in the 7,446 days between January 15, 1990, and May 25, 2010. Most of the episodes occurred in Texas (2,629) and Louisiana (2,205).
-Noel Brinkerhoff
BP Blamed in 8,000 Spill Reports, Federal Data Shows (by Bill Allison, Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group)
List of BP Spills (National Response Center)


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