One of the key tools and methods of containing an oil spill is with the use of floating booms.
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) produced a very good video that explains the basics of that method. We encourage responders and other stake holders to watch it here:
(Update: the video is no longer available as of November 7th, 2022)
As a manufacturer of oil containment booms, Enviro-USA strives to not only produce a quality product at a great price but also provide useful information to foster ongoing education and enhance the industry knowledge.