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Interactive Map: Fossil Fuel Accidents

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See also: Fossil Fuels: A Legacy of Disaster

Fossil fuel industries come with many costs, including environmental damage and harm to human health. But the workers in these industries also face dangerous working conditions that can lead to injury and even death.

The map below shows that since 1968 thousands of workers have been injured or killed working in coal mines, oil refineries, and on natural gas pipelines. The map also gives information on environmental damage to states including cleanup costs and billions of barrels of oil spilled.


Note: No data identified for injuries from coal production. Data for oil includes production and refining; refining data only from 2003–2009. All BP Deepwater Horizon data attributed to Louisiana.


Special thanks to CAP energy intern Emily Bischof.

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