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An historical review of oil spills along the Maine coast, 1953-1973
  • Published Date:
    1973
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An  historical review of oil spills along the Maine coast, 1953-1973
Details:
  • Personal Authors:
  • Corporate Authors:
    Maine, Coastal Planning Group, ; Research Institute of the Gulf of Maine ;
  • Funding:
    Funding: Coastal Planning Group of the Maine State Planning Office.;
    Funding: Research Institute of the Gulf of Maine.;
  • Series:
    TRIGOM publication (The Research Institute of the Gulf of Maine) ; no. 3
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  • Description:
    Introduction -- A chronology of significant oil spills -- A summary of biological impacts -- Spill statistics -- Discussion of results -- Conclusions of the study -- Recommendations for future research -- Appendices.

    "A one month study was conducted to assemble and document oil spill data along the coast of Maine beginning with 1953 when records were first kept. A total of 451 oil spills were found reported over a 20 year period; 336 of these occurred in the Portland vicinity. Recent data reported by the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources show long term oil persistence and biological impact in two cases, the Northern Gulf and Long Cove. Although reporting information is only accurate after 1970, a suggested extrapolation is made for Portland Harbor showing the possible number of spills occurring since 1950 based on oil throughput. Observations of the spills and spill effects are reported on data sheets while the most important biological impacts are discussed. A complete listing of oil terminal facilities is presented. The need for a better reporting system and biological monitoring programs are suggested."

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