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- noun A person who
acquiresa substantial amountof moneyby being paidto participatein the cleanupof an oil spill.
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Coast in the past month, takes issue with the term "spillionaire" -- those who are cleaning up from the oil cleanup.
"The 'spillionaire' term, which originated with the Exxon Valdez spill, was more geared towards the instant expert and instant contractor that capitalized on that event and really didn't come with the real structure and capability and experience."
The term "spillionaire" was coined in 1989 to describe profiteers who benefited from cleaning up the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill off the Alaskan coast, and it's being used again today to describe those finding the BP crisis lucrative.
spillionaire: Person made rich by money from BP's spill cleanup fund.