WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18: OIL SPILLS
Profile America — Monday, October 18th. The uncontrolled release of oil into the Gulf of Mexico dominated headlines for several months and focused the spotlight on how such deepwater wells are approved, drilled, and managed while still maintaining safety. The event also called into question whether techniques for capping runaway wells 5,000 feet below the surface have kept pace with advances in drilling technology. While spills of the magnitude of the one in the gulf make news, most others do not. In 2008, there were more than 3,500 spills — a vast majority less than 100 gallons, emanating from ships and barges. However, two spills ranged from 100,000 gallons to 1 million and more. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 359
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau