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Did you know that overall domestic crude oil production has increased 38 percent since 2009? According to a Great Lakes Commission report (first listing below), 7.4 million barrels per day left North American sources in 2013, with an expected increase to 9.3 million barrels per day in 2015. Production is beginning to outpace pipeline capacity, putting increasing pressure on other forms of transportation, such as rail, truck and barge. These publications offer information about oil transport and spills for both children and adults.

Issues and Trends Surrounding the Movement of Crude Oil in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Region
By the Great Lakes Commission. Ann Arbor, Mich.: The Commission, 2015.
This online report describes the dramatic growth in North American oil production and the associated increase in oil transportation to and through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region. It covers a wide range of topics from the economic significance of oil to the Great Lakes region, the dangers of oil transportation and the policies and regulations governing the movement of crude oil.

Oil Spill! 
By Melvin Burger; illustrated by Paul Mirocha. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.
Beginning with the Exxon Valdez disaster, Berger introduces children to the causes of oil spills, the ecological damage they cause, and the ideas and technologies developed to deal with them.

Oil Spill Impacts: Taxonomic and Ontological Approaches
Edited by Yejun Wu. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2016.
Starting with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill, this book focuses on the impact of oil spills and provides an understanding of these incidents using a number of approaches. It includes an interdisciplinary oil spill taxonomy and an oil spill topic map, and provides information-organization tools, such as indexes, taxonomies and topic maps that can be used to connect information resources with concepts of interest.

Oil Spill! : Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
By Elaine Landau. Minneapolis, Minn.: Millbrook Press, 2011.
This children’s book explores the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. With vivid images and diagrams, it illustrates how the spill happened, how it affected the Gulf and how it compares to past spills. 

Oil, Water and Climate
By Catherine Gautier. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Population and development pressures are at an all-time high, as are our energy and water consumption. Anxieties over global and national energy, water and climate security are growing. This book provides a full description of these issues to help readers understand and address these problems.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.

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