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SOUDA BAY, Crete, Greece (July 23, 2008) An oil spill response team at U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay deploys a "Harbour Buster" high-speed oil containment system during a drill to test procedures to contain and recover oil during a spill. (U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Paul Farley/Released)

Whenever a disaster strikes such as an oil spill, a quick response is critical to mitigate the damage caused to the environment. That is why Enviro-USA is in the process of producing an inventory list of oil spill containment booms and oil absorbent products. Once compiled and published, this list will be instrumental for responders …

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SOUDA BAY, Crete, Greece (July 23, 2008) An oil spill response team at U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay deploys a "Harbour Buster" high-speed oil containment system during a drill to test procedures to contain and recover oil during a spill. (U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Paul Farley/Released)

The Petroleum industry has come a long way from about 4 million barrels produced in 1930 to about 73 million in 2012. Products made from petroleum are found everywhere and range from basketballs to solvents to toothbrushes.

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Over the years, there have been many oil spills around the world and almost all of these disasters have required massive clean-up efforts. With each accident we learn more about how best to control oil leaks of different types. Below is a brief look at some of the worst oil spills in history, and the …

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Oil spills are major ecological disasters. Not only do they take huge amounts of time and much manual labor to clean up, the effects of the spill are long standing and not fully understood. Manufacturers of containment equipment have played an important role in not only containing oil spills but protecting the environment as well. …

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The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that occurred in the Macondo Prospect, Gulf of Mexico, is reportedly the worst accidental oil spill disaster in the history of the petroleum industry so far. The oil rig that was being run by British Petroleum and owned by the Transocean company caught fire on the night of 20th …

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At almost ten in the night (American time) on the 20th of April, 2010, the nightmare that was to become the worst oil spill disaster in the history of the petroleum industry worldwide had just begun. The Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit, an oil rig in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico …

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Containment and recovery of oil spills is a major operation that involves a large number of equipment that includes booms, barriers, skimmers, temporary storage tanks, and much more. There are various types of booms to suit different environments such as unprotected and protected ports, shorelines, offshore, and open sea. These booms are designed to comply …

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Booms are among the most effective ways to contain and concentrating floating oil prior to removal by specialized skimmers. However, there are a number of factors to consider and limitations understood in order to run an efficient cleanup operation in the event of oil spills. Spill of low viscosity oil such as light or medium …

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A couple of months ago, the world celebrated the fourth anniversary of the latest environmental disaster caused by an accidental oil spill. The Macondo Blowout, also called the BP Oil Spill, or Deepwater Horizon Incident, is the new jargon in the vocabulary of those who care about things like this. The last time the entire …

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While everyone is aware of the Exxon Valdez and BP Deepwater Horizon disasters, there are numerous smaller oil spills that occur on a regular basis. Leakages in cargo ships and malfunction of equipment at facilities and refineries are disasters that can happen even though every precautionary measure may be taken to prevent such accidents. Using …

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