Petroleum companies doing business in the western United States have a strong commitment to protecting the environment
In addition to individual and corporate philosophies and policies that recognize the importance of environmental stewardship, refineries and crude oil producers in the West operate under very strict regulations that protect the air, water and ground from contamination. Additionally, California refiners are required to produce some of the cleanest-burning fuels made anywhere on the planet.
When compared to polluting incidents around the world, the reduction of spill volumes in the United States has been a significant accomplishment.
The number of oil spills into oceans and bays in the United States has declined dramatically in the past 18 years. This record of safety is even more pronounced on the West Coast where strong prevention and response programs have been put into place and the maritime industry has embraced safety and spill prevention as a top priority.
“When compared to polluting incidents around the world, the reduction of spill volumes in the United States has been a significant accomplishment,” according to Commander Brian F. Poskaitis, Chief, Office of Investigations and Analysis, U.S. Coast Guard (January 2007).
For more information on the petroleum industry's commitment to environmental protection, please see:
American Petroleum Institute
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