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Environmental Science
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Carl Mitchell

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Chapter 22: Oil Spills Introduction Petroleum (or crude oil): A fluid, hydrocarbon-rich mixture mined from certain geological formations. o It is a non-renewable natural resource used mainly as a source of energy. o Its also used to manufacture a diverse array of petrochemicals, including synthetic materials such as plastics. o It is transported by oceanic tankers and overland pipelines. o Petroleum refineries cause pollution due to frequent but small spills, and the routine discharge of wastewater contaminated with hydrocarbons and trace quantities of metals, sulphides, phenols, and other chemicals. o Small-scale dumping
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