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Cleanup Costs associated with Port Oil Spill Cleanup

June 01, 2011 By: Michael Jones Category: Eco Green Products, Oil Spill Cleanups, Oil Spills, port oil spill

Cleanup Costs associated with Port Oil Spill Cleanup

Port oil spills create a huge havoc and affect the surrounding environment heavily. The cleanup of in-port oil spill incidents is not an easy task. There are many facets to an oil spill cleanup employed. Several factors, such as type of oil spilled, location of the spill, weather conditions, and the reach of the spill in sensitive areas determine the cleanup costs in ports.

The cleanup cost incurred is really high, especially when manual recovery is involved. The cleanup operations sometimes tend to render more environmental damage when compared to the situation where the oil would have been left to degrade at a natural rate. However, that cannot be the case all the time as public demands and aesthetic considerations require some action to be taken for cleanup.

Manual containment can be the most damaging of all the oil spill cleanup exercises. In cases, especially where oil reaches the shore, the situation worsens since the use of heavy equipment and human resources can cause the oil to seep further into the sand and pebbles. Also, there is a possibility of damage to the physical integrity of the beach and the sensitive shoreline flora and fauna.

The type of oil spilled also plays a major role in determining the cleanup cost. Usually oil with lighter density is easy to cleanup than heavy oils as it easily evaporates. However, emulsified lighter oils are usually viscous, resulting in amplified cost related to oil spill cleanup.

In most cases, use of a dispersant is enough to mitigate the problem and it is easy to use as well. But, dispersants tend to linger in the deep water causing after effects to marine life at an immeasurable rate. So, it’s always better to use bio-degradable oil spill cleaners like Oil Gone Easy S-200. No after effects, easy to use, reduced cleanup cost, and most important of all – it’s harmless on Mother Nature. There more, this product is available in convenient 5-gallon pails. Places like Port of Pensacola have tried this product, you should too!


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Port Arthur Oil Spill – One More Disaster!

April 29, 2011 By: Michael Jones Category: Oil Spills

Texas oil spill

Texas oil spill


Oil spills no matter where always manage to capture the headlines. The recent Port Arthur oil spill in Texas has once again proved how ports are prone oil spills. This spill disaster was the outcome of a collision between an oil tanker and a towing vessel. Just as any other oil spill, the amount of damage caused by this tanker accident is also not very clear.

With 462,000 gallons of oil spewing out into the sea, the Texas oil spill is the largest spill that has hit Texas in the past 16 years. The previous worse case was a Norwegian tanker accident that spilled 4.3 million gallons of crude oil on the coast of Galveston!

The amount of oil recovered is just around ten percent. About one third of the spilt oil was either evaporated or dispersed and the remaining oil is still continuing to pose a threat to the environment. Booms and oil-sucking skimmer boats were used to prevent the spill from spreading.

Whenever an oil spill occurs, the marine ecosystem is the worst affected one. Oil covered herons were identified soon after the Texas oil spill occurred and it’ll not be too shocking if more laid up birds are found.

Chemical detergents come in and do the job of dispersing the oil within a very short time, but the long term consequences are even worse than the oil spill itself. So, eco friendly products always have an edge over the chemical spill cleaners.
Oil Gone Easy S-200 is an eco-friendly product that is really a promising solution for oil spill cleanup irrespective of the nature of the spill. It employs oil eating bacteria to convert the oil into harmless derivatives. The product is so effective that Port of Pensacola has employed Oil Gone Easy S-200 to clean up the port.

This green product is also being considered for the cleanup of coastal areas affected by the oil spill in the Gulf. The oil spill cleanup operation at the Texas Oil Spill site will really be benefited if Oil Gone Easy S-200 is considered for cleanup!

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Oil Gone Easy S-200 – A Promising Solution!

March 31, 2011 By: Michael Jones Category: Oil Spill Cleanups, Oil Spills

With 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf waters, the BP oil disaster is one of the largest oil spills in the history of petroleum industry. The Gulf Oil Spill created panic waves among the people of the United States and various spill cleanup methods were employed to quash the dreary situation in the coastal areas. Skimming was done to remove the upper layer of the spill. Oil dispersant chemicals and polyethylene pads were also used to disperse and sop up the oil slicks. However, many environmental activists were skeptical as to what effect these cleanup methods would have on the environment.

Environmentally friendly methods like bioremediation were considered as the best method to accomplish safe and complete oil spill cleanup. Months after the disastrous spill, environmental impact of the spill still manages to capture the headlines. So, eco-friendly oil spill containment products like Oil Gone Easy Marine S-200 are being field tested by scientists. The result of the laboratory tests were quite impressive, and is most likely expected to be treated on a large scale.

For the laboratory tests, water samples from coastal areas affected by the Deep Water Horizon Spill were taken, and were treated with Oil Gone Easy Marine S-200 over a period of 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, it was found that the product degraded 95.9% of alkanes, which is truly promising.

Employing the naturally occurring micro organisms, Oil Gone Easy Marine S-200 breaks the bonds in the oil molecule and degrades it into water and carbon dioxide. Now, Oil Gone Easy S-200 is seriously being considered for the cleanup of coastal areas impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Spill in Louisiana, as experts believe that there is solid science behind this product.

Not just for marine oil spills, Oil Gone Easy S-200 works in several other situations, be it on land or water. Oil specks usually found on driveways and garages can be effectively treated using this product. Don’t get carried away by the false hopes that detergents and dispersant chemicals give about effectively treating oil spills. They only make matters worse. Instead, try Oil Gone Easy S-200. It is not only safe but also effective.

With its unique formula and all-around usage, this eco-friendly oil spill cleaner is surely one of the revolutionary products you would have ever come across!

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Prevent Heating Oil Leaks and Spills

February 25, 2011 By: Michael Jones Category: Oil Spill Cleanups, Oil Spills

Home heating system requires lot of regular maintenance and care for preventing oil spills. Oil spill disaster usually occurs when storage tanks are overfilled, have leaks, the heating system malfunctions. Oil leaks from home heating systems tend to seep into the soil, contaminating the underground water and foundation of the house. Also, the fuel oil, being combustible, can lead to many other safety hazards.

Oil spill dispersants can help you get rid of such oil spills, but they are usually very expensive and non-biodegradable. So, preventing oil spills is always better than an oil spill cleanup. After all, a stitch in time saves nine!
If you are worried as to how to avoid oil spills, then here are few tips:

  • Make sure that you check the heating system regularly for any oil stains or leaks and act immediately to stop the leak.
  • A major cause of oil spills is overfilling of the tank. So, come every fall, inspect the vent pipe, keep it clear of any obstruction, and make sure an audible sound is coming from the vent.
  • Check for any signs of corrosion and replace affected parts immediately.
  • Oil tanks generally start corroding from inside. So, if you notice any signs of aging in the tank, it is best to have a technician check it and replace it, if necessary.
  • For above-ground tanks, check if the legs of the tank are stable and strong enough to hold the weight. Surely, we don’t want the tank to fall over result in an oil spill disaster!

Even with these precautions, there is always the possibility of an accidental oil spill. In such cases, it is best to use biodegradable oil spill cleaners, rather than chemical oil spill dispersants to ensure that the environment is brought back to its natural state. Oil Gone Easy S-200 is one such eco-friendly cleaner used for oil spill cleanup.

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Oil Spill Dispersants Still Linger Deep under Gulf

February 23, 2011 By: Michael Jones Category: Oil Spill Cleanups, Oil Spills

Last year saw the worst oil spill disaster in US history when BP’s Deepwater Horizon deep sea drilling rig exploded and the wellhead started gushing out crude oil by thousands of gallons. At that time, the immediate concern was to have an effective oil spill response that would contain the oil spill and limit the damage to the environment. As part of the oil spill cleanup huge quantities of dispersants were used to contain the Gulf oil leak, both on the surface as well as deep underwater near the wellhead.

Although the immediate danger had been taken care of, a new and equally disturbing concern has cropped up in the form of the dispersants used in the oil spill cleanup. According to a study, the dispersants injected deep in the water to counter the oil gusher, still linger underwater, raising concerns of long-term problems. Scientists have conducted field tests on the oil spill dispersants to determine the biodegradation rate and results show that the rate is quite slow. In some cases, it is seen that it is the oil that breaks down quickly than the dispersant.

This fact has brought to light several concerns regarding oil spill dispersants. They contain harmful chemicals that leave behind a witch’s brew of other potentially dangerous chemicals after interacting with crude oil in water. The threat to human health and marine environment will have long term effects, in health and in lifestyle. With the Gulf oil toxic dispersants moving around deep underwater, the marine ecosystem in the Gulf is in a very critical state.

All these problems could have been avoided by using appropriate oil spill cleanup techniques. Using a biodegradable dispersant is the most apt choice as it is unlikely to linger on and affect the environment. Oil Gone Easy Marine S-200 is one such biodegradable oil spill cleaner that clears oil spills using bioremediation, bringing back the environment to its naturally pristine state.

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Repair Your Asphalt Driveway With Ease!

February 23, 2011 By: Michael Jones Category: Oil Spill Cleanups, Oil Spills

Your driveway can turn into an unpleasant sight if you keep disregarding cracks and oil spills. You need to patch up and repair your asphalt driveway every now and then to keep it free of unsightly spots. Following few simple steps will help you protect and maintain your driveway!

If you wish to keep your driveway clean, then you must check your vehicle condition routinely! Engine oil spills may result in greasy concrete asphalt driveway making it too risky to drive. Recurring spills are a clear indication that your car is not in a good form and needs to be taken to a mechanic right away!

Grayish looking driveway instead of the usual shiny black is also a sign of poor maintenance. Clean your driveway first! Sweeping or water washing is a good idea. Do not stop with that! You ought to check your concrete asphalt driveway for cracks. If you find any, then remove the debris inside the crack and reseal it with a driveway patch that resists moisture. Leave it undisturbed for a day or two.

Cracked driveways tend to retain spilt oil that sooner or later leads to water pollution. Furthermore, asphalt being highly porous, makes oil drip through the pores very easily. Asphalt driveway resurfacing is just the right way to get rid of cracks!

However, before resealing your driveway, you have to make sure that the oil spills and stains are removed. Do chemical driveway cleaners get rid of oil spills efficiently? No! Chemical cleaners remove only traces of oil leaving a great deal untouched! Also, the chemicals in the cleaners also pollute the air with noxious gases, which not only may lead to cancer, but also put your pet’s wellbeing in jeopardy!

However, degrading oil biologically using eco-friendly oil spill cleaners, such as Oil Gone Easy Home & Driveway S-200 ensures safe and absolute oil spill cleanup! This eco-friendly product works well on any surface and it will be just so easy to eliminate oil stains from your driveway! Your driveway will look smooth and spotless and regain its shiny black appearance!

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A Glimpse Through the Factors Affecting the Cost of Oil Spill Cleanup!

February 23, 2011 By: Michael Jones Category: Oil Spill Cleanups, Oil Spills

Regardless of the size, a marine oil spill calls for effective and immediate oil spill cleanup measures. But did you ever know how much does it cost to combat a marine oil spill? Well, to be fair enough, there is no predetermined cost as such, when it comes to oil spill cleanup! To be precise, the total cost involved varies depending on a number of factors.

Of all the cost determining factors, the type of the oil takes the lead role! And the reason is pretty simple. Each type of oil has its own specific properties and its reaction to water definitely differs! Light refined products, such as gasoline and diesel, when spilt on the sea, tend to evaporate at a rapid rate reducing the cost of oil spill cleanup. On the other hand, heavy crude oils are non-volatile making oil spill cleanup extremely difficult and expensive as well.

The next important factor is the amount of oil spilt. It’s quite obvious that larger oil spills require more intensive cleanup and of course cost more! But, there are definitely chances for a fall in the cost as the extent of contamination caused by a larger spill might be less severe at times.

Besides the type and amount of the oil spill, the location also has a crucial part to play in cost incurred to clean up the oil spill. This is simply because the location decides the extent of oil spill cleanup response required.

Above everything else, the remedial measures taken have a direct impact on the cost of cleanup. The use of eco-friendly oil stain removers, such as Oil Gone Easy S-200 to clean up an oil spill will not only help reduce the cost to a great extent, but will also help contribute to a cleaner, greener world!

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Home Heating Oil Spills – React Immediately!

August 27, 2010 By: Michael Jones Category: Oil Spills

Home Heating Oil SpillsHome heating oil spills can occur due to many reasons. One common cause for such oil spills is that there might be a leak in the storage tank or the storage tank might overfill and end up in a spill. Although it’s quite a common issue, responding to it at the earliest is essential!

Why do home heating oil spills require a quick response? It’s simply because there are chances that such spills can contaminate your drinking water! Also, these oil spills pose threat to your safety as the fuel is combustible. And also your house might smell unpleasant because of the odors emanating from these spills.

Here is what you should do if you happen to come across a home heating oil spill:
• As oil is combustible, to be on the safe side, it is wise to turn off all ignition sources. Also, avoiding smoking or lighting a match in the affected area.
• React immediately! You can get the help of your local fire department. Your next move should be to call up the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) 24-hr hotline and inform them about the oil spill.
• You should open up windows and ventilators to get rid of the odor and fumes.
• Do not breathe in the oil fumes or have any physical contact with oil. Rubber boots or gloves can be used to safeguard yourself!
• And finally you can use eco-friendly products such as the Oil Gone Easy S-200 to ensure effective oil spill cleanup. The Oil Gone Easy S-200 is an environmentally safe product to deal with oil spills, and it works by bonding with oil and breaking it into water and carbon dioxide.

Follow these simple steps and protect your family and yourself from the ill effects of home heating oil spills!

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Michigan River Oil Spill – Hard to Ignore!

August 25, 2010 By: Michael Jones Category: Oil Spills

Oil Spill CleanupThe oil spill that occurred in the Michigan River has been declared as the “largest oil spill in the history of the Midwest.” With more than 80,000 gallons of oil being released into a creek and making its way into the Kalamazoo River, a state of emergency was declared in southwest Michigan’s Kalamazoo County.

Morrow Lake a recreation spot between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo was also contaminated because of this oil spill. As with any oil spill birds and fishes have also been affected. The spill has also led to the evacuation of few homes and relocation of about two dozen people.

Jeff Spoelstra, coordinator for the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, said that this disaster has further pushed back the effort that was being taken to cleanup the already polluted river. Crews were dispatched for oil spill cleanup by both Enbridge Energy Partners and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To limit the oil’s spread into the surrounding wetlands, skimmers and 28,000 feet of boom were also set up.

At the Ceresco Dam, downstream from the leak, workers used vacuum trucks to cleanup the oil spill from the water. When the air near the oil spill was tested, cancer-causing chemical benzene was found present. As it was only in trace levels, it was termed harmless to the residents. Groundwater testing was also proposed, to check if the oil might have seeped through.

People have been advised by the Michigan Department of Community Health to stay away from the river during the oil spill cleanup. Although oil spill containment has been done, it is expected to take months to completely clean up the oil spill. The oil spill has been contained, but for further cleanup of the remaining oil, the officials can give heed to the recommendation made by State of Louisiana to use Oil Gone Easy S-200 for effective oil spill cleanup.

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Manage Hazardous Material Spills the Right Way!

August 23, 2010 By: Michael Jones Category: Oil Spill Blog

Hazardous material SpillsWhenever there is a traffic incident, the safety of responders, victims of the incident, motorists, and the environment from the hazardous material spilt has to be the pressing concern. But why is traffic incident management and managing hazardous material spills so important? It’s simply because, by properly managing hazardous material spills, you will not only improve the safety of the responding personnel, but also minimize the possibilities of a secondary crash!

So as a responder what should you do as soon as you come across a traffic incident? You should first begin assessing the field conditions so as to determine what kind of actions would be required. It is also absolutely essential that you check the incident location for the presence of any potentially harmful materials. Do you think just identifying is sufficient? Definitely no! Once you identify that there is an oil spill or any other hazardous spill, you should immediately look at the alleviation measures to remove the possible threat. You might come across anything from vehicle fluids to cargo contents that are being transported.

The key to successfully remove a hazardous spill is to acquire adequate knowledge about the safety, clean-up, and disposal guidelines. Knowing these guidelines would help eradicate the threat effectively. But, beware of any water sources that may be nearby the area of incidence. Responders should also make a note of the vehicle type or the labeling as they would help the personnel to determine the amount and type of the material spill. In case it’s a cargo oil spill, then the responders can make use of the hazardous material placards to assess the incident.

Larger oil spills or engine fluids are exempted by few states, provided the oil spill has been contained on the pavement. For effective oil spill cleanup, responders can resort to environmental friendly solutions, such as Oil Gone Easy S-200. Oil Gone Easy S-200 acts as a bioremediation accelerator and an agglomerator, which bonds to oil and breaks it into water and carbon dioxide.

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