Oil Theft

Information and statistics about oil theft and oil smuggling. Data about the black market in stolen petroleum is collected from published intelligence reports, security agencies and other public information sources.

Gas smuggling causes the Bolivian Government to lose $55 Million a year.

Source: Andres Schipani, “Smuggling drains Bolivia of oil riches,” BBC News, March 21, 2008.

In 2008 at least one-third of fuel from Iraq’s largest refinery is being diverted to the black market.  The proceeds from the sale were being used to support in insurgency against American troops.

Source: Richard A. Oppel, Jr., “Iraq’s Insurgency Runs on Stolen Oil Profits,” New York Times, March 16, 2008.