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Preventing Oil Spills

Cars are an indispensable fact of life for most of us. What we do with the used oil from our cars plays an important role in protecting our waterways and groundwater supplies for future generations. The petroleum industry and other groups help to promote used motor oil recycling by providing convenient collection sites. The recovered motor oil can be re-refined into base stock for lubricating oil.


According to the National Marine Manufacturing Association, there are nearly 17 million boats and more than 11,000 marinas and boatyards operating across the United States. To help protect recreational waterways from the risk of spills, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a series of best practices guidelines for marina operators and recreational boaters.

Boater Education

Boater education is a point of emphasis for the United States Coast Guard, which aims to improve the boating experience of the maritime public through education and communication. The Coast Guard offers boater safety courses, boat safety checks, and life vest education. They also have plans and procedures in place for accident reporting along with a comprehensive listing of federal and state regulations.