If oil is a naturally occurring material why is it so harmful for the environment?



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    From the point of view of the Earth, natural oil seeps that encroach on wetlands, destroying animals, plants, and habitats is just a bump in the road. Over geologic time (or indeed far shorter periods, like centuries) the environment recovers easily from such events. The earth and the environment recover from storms, volcanic eruptions, ice ages. It is on human scales and in human perceptions that we see such events as “bad” and “harmful.” And they are – with respect to our short lifetimes, and the places and things that we care about.

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