KidzWorld explains that oil spills occur when people cause an oil tanker, a ship that carries oil from one place to another, to leak oil into the sea. Carelessness in maneuvering oil tankers typically causes an oil spill... More »

One of the primary causes of oil spilling into marine environments in an oil spill is people who are careless or make mistakes, according to the Office of Response and Restoration. Such incidents involve barrages, tanker... More »

The BP oil spill began on April 20, 2010, following the explosive failure of their Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil rig. It was not until July 15, 2010 that the well, which was dug 5,000 feet below sea level, was cap... More » History Modern History US History

Sea otters are listed as an endangered species because they are vulnerable to oil spills from ships and coastal tanker traffic. They also have a reduced population size, which puts them in danger of becoming extinct. Acc... More »

Using dispersants to break down crude oil, introducing biological agents to speed biodegradation, and using skimmers to contain and collect oil are all methods used to clean up oil spills. Spills may also break down natu... More » Science Environmental Science Pollution

Kids are increasingly aware of events that impact the world they live in, especially damaging and debilitating occurrences such as oil spills. When kids want to know facts, they need those facts delivered in a way they c... More » Science Environmental Science Pollution

The biggest polluters of oil drilling companies are accidental oil spills and workers illegally dumping oil barrels and produced water. "Produced water" is water produced by drilling oil, and it contains arsenic, cadmium... More » Science Environmental Science Pollution