oil spill


  1. an accidental release of oil into a body of water, as from a tanker, offshore drilling rig, or underwater pipeline, often presenting a hazard to marine life and the environment.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of oil spill1

First recorded in 1965–70

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Example Sentences

Fishermen in the Thousand Islands regency found debris and an oil spill in the water, according to video shown by local news channel MetroTV.

From Fortune

Being prepared for a potential massive oil spill, no matter how little the risk, is vital.

From Vox

It also increases concerns about what risks pollution, such as oil spills, may pose to whales.

Scrivner showed photos of oil spills in Brazilian rainforests and a river in Colombia.

One funny thing was you go through oil spill response training, it was me and 25 men.

From Time

In the immediate aftermath of the oil spill, apoplectic Southerners cast their disdain towards the North.

BP—No surprise here, but the energy company behind the Deepwater Horizon oil spill gets no love on the Internet.

The post-oil-spill gusher of stimulus to the gulf is likely to continue.

Our environmental regulatory system proved too weak to prevent an oil spill that nearly destroyed the Gulf of Mexico.

If an oil spill erupts in the ocean, we need to check on whether there were adequate federal inspections.

They pooled together in large groups, like an oil spill in reverse, all this black gathering in one place.





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