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Use of Dispersants in Oil Spill Response

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dispersants are used following accidental oil spills into the marine environment to break up any surface oil slicks into smaller droplets.

These smaller droplets become rapidly diluted within the sea-water column and are further bio-degraded by "oil-eating" micro-organisms.

Used appropriately, dispersants can be an effective response to a marine oil spill; and dispersants can prevent or minimize further unwanted environmental impacts.

Today I'm posting a link to another Technical Information Paper (TIP) which gives an overview of the use and limitations of dispersants on oil slicks at sea.

The TIP is particularly useful as one of a range of resources regarding the options available when responding to marine oil spills.

To access the TIP, simply click here.


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