Editorial Comment ///

In the past few months, we have discussed the sources of oil spills to 1) show that the E&P industry has a good environmental track record or 2) to chastise an industry spokeswoman who recklessly used statistics to advance her particular opinion (see World Oil, April, page 7, and March, page 15, respectively. However, in both cases, opinions were based on what amounts to hearsay information. In other words, we cited statistics people pulled from an authoritative report, but failed to confirm their context, thus adding to the confusion. To remedy this, we’ve gone back to the original source of the statistics that are presented below. Now, you may draw your own conclusions.

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