September Newsletter: Accidental Petroleum Spills & Releases

Millions of gallons of oil and natural gas are securely transported by trucks, pipelines, and several tanker ships every day to power the American economy.

The majority of oil contamination is caused by mistakes or negligence. Oil spills can result from crude oil discharges from tankers, offshore platforms, drilling rigs, and wells as well as refined petroleum products (like gasoline and diesel) and their byproducts, heavier fuels used by big ships like bunker fuel, or the spill of any oily refuse or waste oil.

In addition to holding lethal metals, gasoline and oil reduce the oxygen content of water, obscure the sun’s rays, and overall impair water quality.

Planning for Spill Prevention    

Spill prevention is the first step in reducing oil spills. Every facility that drills, produces, refines, manages, processes, or stores oil has established a spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plan, which details the practices and tools used at that site to prevent spills. In order to confine oil in the case of a release, secondary containment measures such as dikes, terms, or other designs are constructed around tanks and other processing vessels as spill prevention equipment. To make sure that oil storage and process vessels are in good working condition, spill prevention techniques include tank integrity testing and leak testing.

It takes quick, coordinated action by the accountable firm and the proper federal, state, and local organizations to reduce the effects of an oil spill that effects the environment, ecology, and impacted populations. The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan establishes objectives and delineates roles for handling oil spills in the United States.



Happy Anniversary John!

John is our Senior Project Manager and has been with CRG Texas since 2018.

Throughout the years he has shown nothing but love for our company and we and we are beyond thankful to have him on our team.

Thank you, John for being with us four years!