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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 12:27 PM
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29. Someone posted this link in a different thread - it has more info
Dutch oil spill response team on standby for US oil disaster
Published on : 4 May 2010 - 12:44pm | By Johan Huizinga (photo: ANP)

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Two Dutch companies are on stand-by to help the Americans tackle an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. The two companies use huge booms to sweep and suck the oil from the surface of the sea. The US authorities, however, have difficulties with the method they use.

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The Americans dont have spill response vessels with skimmers because their environment regulations do not allow it. With the Dutch method seawater is sucked up with the oil by the skimmer. The oil is stored in the tanker and the superfluous water is pumped overboard. But the water does contain some oil residue, and that is too much according to US environment regulations.

US regulations contradictory
Wierd Koops thinks the US approach is nonsense, because otherwise you would have to store the surplus seawater in the tanks as well. We say no, you have to get as much oil as possible into the storage tanks and as little water as possible. So we pump the water, which contains drops of oil, back overboard.
http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/dutch-oil-spill-response-team-standby-us-oil-disaster

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