TABLE 5-4 Volume of Oil Spills From Facilities by Source: 2004-2008

TABLE 5-4 Volume of Oil Spills From Facilities by Source: 2004-2008

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Thousands of gallons

  Vessel Sources Nonvessel Sources Mysteryc Total
Tankship Tank Barge Other vesselsa Offshore pipelines Onshore Pipelines Otherb
2004 636.8 215.8 453.9 0.0 15.0 55.5 39.7 1,416.7
2005 3.0 2,006.8 115.1 26.5 110.0 7,645.2 30.1 9,936.6
2006 4.3 287.3 125.4 1.7 0.5 2,288.6 128.5 2,836.3
2007 46.7 4.5 184.1 296.2 0.0 144.6 30.3 706.3
2008 1.3 286.6 248.2 14.8 0.0 182.7 26.6 760.2

aOther vessels include commercial vessels, fishing boats, freight barges, freight ships, industrial vessels, oil recovery vessels, passenger vessels, unclassified public vessels, recreational boats, research vessels, school ships, tow and tug boats, mobile offshore drilling units, offshore supply vessels, publicly owned tank and freight ships, as well as vessels not fitting any particular class (unclassified).

bOther nonvessel sources include designated waterfront facilities, nonmarine land facilities, fixed offshore and inshore platforms, mobile facility, municipal facility, aircraft, land vehicles, railroad equipment, bridges, factories, fleeting areas, industrial facilities, intakes, locks, marinas, MARPOL reception facilities, nonvessel common carrier facilities, outfalls, sewers, drains, permanently moored facilities, shipyards, and ship repair facilities.

cMystery spills are spills from unknown or unidentified sources. U.S. Coast Guard investigators are unable to identify the vessel or facility that spilled the oil into U.S. navigable waters.

NOTE: The spike in gallons spilled for 2005 can be attributed to the passage of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi on Aug. 29, 2005, which caused numerous spills approximating 8 million gallons of oil in U.S. waters.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Polluting Incidents In and Around U.S. Waters, A Spill/Release Compendium: 1969-2008, as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 4-50, available at as of January 2011.