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oil spill

an accidental release of oil into a body of water, as from a tanker, offshore drilling rig, or underwater pipeline, often presenting a hazard to marine life and the environment.
Origin of oil spill
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Science isn't going to cure cancer by next week or clean up the gulf oil spill overnight.
  • At this time there is no effective plan if a catastrophe such as a ship collision or oil spill occurs.
  • All proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to help support oil spill-related relief efforts.
  • The recession and now the oil spill mean money is scarce for both students and colleges.
  • Shrimpers are not sure what to expect in terms of the oil spill's effects on the product-or on demand.
  • Unfortunately the size of this oil spill makes is fairly difficult to see how effective any of these efforts are doing.
  • Best news of all: the oil spill is plugged and no hurricane ever went across the slick while the oil was still flowing.
  • The severity of the impact of an oil spill depends on a variety of factors, including characteristics of the oil itself.
  • The impact of the oil spill may affect students and adults in different ways.

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