Impact of One Drop per Second

Very small leaks are often ignored as insignificant on land based oil and gas equipment. Recent studies show that one drop of oil or gas per second can add up to 420 gallons per year. Land based operations face less scrutiny and regulatory mandates than offshore operations and tiny leaks are difficult to detect. A single hydraulic leak from equipment or trucks can leak into the soil and eventually into the groundwater. Estimates set the figure for onshore leaks at over 100 million gallons of fluids per year across the county. This represents twice the volume of the Exxon Valdez spill every year. Environmentally acceptable lubricants (EAL) have been approved that can reduce leaks, and increase equipment performance. EAL’s are not currently required by the EPA or other environmental regulatory agencies.