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oil spill (ɔɪl spɪl) 



  1. (ecology) a release of oil into the environment, either leaked or discharged from a ship, lorry, truck etc   ⇒ The major environmental impacts so far have come from normal activities, rather than catastrophic oil spills.

Example Sentences Including 'oil spill'

"We can deal with the consequences of an oil spill of up to 1,000 tonnes.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
A major oil spill off Marsden Pt would bring Whangarei city to its knees.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
An expedition in Alaska helped to clean up after the Valdez oil spill and our Canadian committee ran a fine project in the Arctic.
Blashford-Snell, John Something Lost Behind the Ranges
Ellie had removed the deerstalker and was actually looking simply ruddy, rather than like the unfortunate survivor of a burning oil spill.
His likely sabotage of Kuwaiti oil wells would produce the largest, most destructive oil spill ever.
New Scientist (2003)
Terra Nova is expected to begin producing again after being shut down for several weeks following an oil spill.
canada.com (2004)


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