Oil Spill Service Learning

Oil Spill Service Learning - Things to work on...

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Unformatted text preview: Things to work on Politicians/decision makers Explain power of contacting these people All *** slides decor 1 * = shortened/fixed Politics of Oil Spill Prevention Purpose 1. Give you info on oil spills. 2. Show you what can be done. 3. What YOU can do! Part 1: Oil Spill Info Why YOU should care Definition of an Oil Spill The harmful release of oil into the environment due to human activity or equipment malfunction, and often occurs on large bodies of water Causes Accidents collisions, hull failures, groundings, and fires and explosions Operations loading or discharging oil; bunkering, the process of supplying fuel Vehicles Most engines use petroleum fuel and lubricants. As time passes by, the materials are released onto the ground and eventually end up in the ocean. Nature as the earths plates shift, they release oil reserves from below the ocean Most Recent Example of an Oil Spill: Cosco Busan Cosco Busan Oil Spill November 7, 2007- San Francisco Bay Cosco Busan ship struck Bay Bridge span Pilot, John Cota, failed to pilot a safe course, review navigational charts before departure, and use the vessels radar 53,569 gallons of oil spilled in SF Bay Killing 2000 birds Spread oil across the bay What are the affects On the environment? On marine life? On humans? On the economy? Environmental Effects Up to 20,000 birds and marine animals are projected to die Over 50 public beaches had to be closed The oil could remain for years hidden under rocks, contaminating the food chain Oil smothers and sticks to underwater plants and marine life, killing them If the oil is not cleaned up, the effects can last for decades Effects on Animals Oiled feathers and bodies-Hypothermia-destroying the insulation-Difficult flying-Difficult swimming and floating Blinded Contaminated food -Ulcers or bleeding in stomachs from digestion of oil Dead oiled duck Human Health Effects Contaminated food supply Oil contains cancer-inducing PAH Irritation Eyes, nose, mouth, lungs Headaches Nausea Due to oil vaporizing into the air. Economic Effects The most important factors effecting costs Type of Oil Location Amount Spilled Timing Average Costs Oil Clean-Up: $61,000,000 and increasing Lost Business...
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