Three Exxon Valdez's Worth of Oil and Gas Spill Every Year in the U.S.

Most oil and gas spills don't make headlines, but they're happening every day around the country, and they're ruining lives.

We all notice when something on the scale of Deepwater Horizon happens, but according to a bombshell new CBS News special report, hazardous spills of oil and gas are happening "all the time," The six-month investigation found "at least 6,500 spills, leaks, fires or explosions nationwide—that's 18 a day. Overall, at least 34 million gallons of crude oil and other potentially toxic chemicals were spilled." That's triple the size of the Exxon Valdez spill.

These spills are literally happening every day, and very often making victims out of innocent citizens who just happen to live in the unfortunate path of Big Oil and Gas. You can watch video of the report (we can't embed it) here.

It's important to note that CBS News researchers were only able to collect information from 23 of 33 oil- and gas-producing states, and from the wells and pipelines under the jurisdiction of three federal agencies, so these numbers are likely low.

Of course, all of this pales in comparison to the Niger Delta, where more than a Deepwater Horizon's worth of oil spills out of Dutch Royal Shell's bleeding pipes every year.

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