Oil Spill Cleaner

by Tracey E. Dils

Part of a Series: Dirty and Dangerous Jobs.

Satisfying the need for report material relating to recent events, Dils’s title spares no details on how difficult an oil spill cleaner’s job is, and emphasizes the necessity for such workers. The beginning of this straightforward book outlines the causes of oil spills, ranging from pipeline breaks to sabotage, and discusses the subsequent damage to humans and animals who come in contact with the toxic substance. The massive BP disaster is not addressed, though oil-well blowouts are covered, as well as the repercussions of other large spills. The short chapters, which are sprinkled with substantial sidebars, go on to reveal conditions and tasks faced by those who must rectify the environmental devastation wrought by spills, and the safety measures they observe. The color photos on most pages include reproductions that, for example, depict exhausted workers resting after a day fixing the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez spill. Finally, students can learn about “Becoming an Oil Spill Cleaner,” a chapter that specifies the qualifications and skills needed for several different careers in this messy field. Those serious about such a vocation will appreciate the book’s website listing, which includes leads to various environmental agencies.

ISBN: 9781608701742

JLG Release: January 2011

JLG Member Price

Out of Stock

Series Nonfiction: Social Studies 3-5

Grades 3-5


12 books / $20.25 a book

  • Book Details







    Marshall Cavendish

    Page Count


    Trim Size

    6" X 9"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 5.7, Points: 1

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 5.7, Points: 4


    Level: 890L

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