Oil Spill Pollution Facts and Prevention Tips

As with any pollution issue, in the case of oil spills, prevention is more desirable than any modern efficient cleanup technique. In order to ensure oil spill prevention, a number of legislative measures are in place. Such legislation usually targets the oil storage facilities and operators, enforcing regulatory compliance and the preparation of preventive responsive plans addressing potentially worst-case scenarios in oil spills situations. In the U.S., the main piece of legislation aiming to prevent the occurrence of oil spill pollution is the Oil Spill Pollution Act of 1990.

Along with and in accordance with legislative measures, obvious preventive measures should be adopted in relation to any oil exploitation, storage, transport, and handling activities. Such oil spill pollution preventive measures involve a variety of items and techniques, including: