Oil in any form can have an effect on our environment. Some studies have shown that after a shoreline oil spill, it may take up to 20 years for the environment to recover to its original condition. A film of oil on the surface of the water can block photosynthesis and slow the productions of oxygen. The reduced oxygen supply then causes stress to the point of death in aquatic organisms. Also, oil contains many carcinogens and can sink down to the bottom affecting organisms there.
Only one quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of water. Currently Americans spill around 180 million gallons of used oil each year into the nation’s waters.
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