it must be earlier

David Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Tue Dec 28 19:18:25 UTC 2010

OED shows 1952 as earliest date for _oil spill_.

I found 1950 in JSTOR (Sewage and Industrial Wastes, April p 519)

And 1948 in (in Alton Evening Telegraph, July 2, p 12)

But, I can't believe it's not earlier.

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