NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Although Clean Harbors (CLH - Get Report) has not benefited from world conflict, I do recall Alan McKim, the company's CEO, describing the 2010 BP (BP - Get Report) oil spill by saying, "It's like a war zone." In many respects, this was an accurate depiction. While the initial rig explosion, which caused the spill, resulted in (only) 11 reported deaths, let's not forget that 8,000 animals lost their lives as more than 200 million gallons of crude oil made its way across 16,000 total miles.No doubt this was an unfortunate disaster for (among others) the residents of Louisiana and Mississippi. It was, on the other hand, a great opportunity for Clean Harbors, which was contracted to contain the massive spill from spreading through the Gulf of Mexico. Investors wasted no time speculating that "BP's trash" would be Clean Harbors' treasure. They guessed correctly. In fact, in the two months after the April 20, 2010, spill, shares of Clean Harbors soared more than 30%.
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