offshore oil spill Articles

  • Offshore oil spill clean up case study

    In the event of a major incident occurring offshore, for example a tanker casualty running aground or breaking up for any reason, it is of paramount importance to deploy emergency response to protect and save human life. Once this has been done an assessment of the casualty should be made on whether it is possible to salvage the vessel and its contents and to assess the type and amount of oil ...

  • Ohmsett Trains Oil Spill Responders

    Abstract Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Test Facility, located in Leonardo, New Jersey, is dedicated to providing independent and objective performance testing of full-scale oil spill response equipment; improving technologies through research and development; and for providing realistic training to response personnel. The U.S. Minerals Management Service manages the ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Q&A: A look at Shell Oil and Arctic offshore drilling

    Shell Oil drill vessels are heading to the Arctic. But they will not be permitted to drill into petroleum-bearing rock until a key piece of blowout response equipment, a capping stack, is on site. The capping stack is carried on the icebreaker Fennica, which arrived early Saturday for repairs in Portland, Oregon. Arctic offshore drilling opponents plan to demonstrate while the Fennica is ...


    By Associated Press

  • The BP oil spill and the adherence to reductionist principles: moving toward a precautionary tomorrow

    The ability to successfully extract fossil fuels and mitigate the potential for social, economic, ecological and health–related impacts is of great importance. In April of 2010, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico with 11 known fatalities. The disaster left the USA pressed to find a solution to solve the community health and safety issues associated with the offshore ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biosurfactant produced by a Rhodococcus erythropolis mutant as an oil spill response agent

    Biosurfactants have been considered as superior alternatives to currently used surfactants as they are generally more biodegradable, less toxic, and better at enhancing biodegradation. However, the application of biosurfactants is limited by the availability of economic biosurfactants and the corresponding producers that can work effectively. Hyperproducers generated by metabolic engineering ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Spill prevention, control and countermeasure

    Background One of the EPA’s mandates is to prevent oil spills from polluting our nation’s navigable waterways which are defined under the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act as any waterway or body of water that is used for ...

  • New approach makes faster and efficient work of oil spills

    A comprehensive new study of oil’s behaviour in various sea conditions has resulted in significant advances in oil spill recovery using boom-style systems. Put into practice in DESMI ‘s Speed-Sweep Oil Spill Response (OSR) solution, the new approach speeds up oil recovery, increases encounter rates, covers a wider area in a shorter time and provides new flexibility in the choice of ...


    By DESMI A/S

  • New approach makes faster and efficient work of oil spills

    A comprehensive new study of oil’s behaviour in various sea conditions has resulted in significant advances in oil spill recovery using boom-style systems. Put into practice in DESMI ‘s Speed-Sweep Oil Spill Response (OSR) solution, the new approach speeds up oil recovery, increases encounter rates, covers a wider area in a shorter time and provides new flexibility in the choice of ...


    By DESMI A/S

  • The Three Basic Parameters for How to Address Oil / Hydrocarbon Based Material Spills

    The most basic quesAon to ask in regards to oil spills is, why do you clean them up? Very few people get the reason why you clean up an oil spill. The reason you clean up an oil spill is to reduce the toxicity of the oil to the environment so that living organisms can survive/ live. If single celled organisms can live in the environment, then generally ...

  • Gas monitoring and leak detection in underwater application for the offshore oil and gas case study

    With over 300 sensors and systems sold world-wide and over 35 scientific users publications, Franatech is market leader for underwater methane detection and monitoring. Franatech is a developer and supplier of sensors for detection of gases in water. The company has more than 15 years experience in subsea applications, working with all kinds of sensing technologies. Coming from a scientific ...


    By Franatech GmbH

  • Recent testing, training, and research conducted at Ohmsett - The national oil spill response research & renewable energy test facility

    Abstract Ohmsett, The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility, plays a critical role in developing the most effective response technologies, as well as training first responders with the most realistic training available, enabling a rapid and efficient response to an actual spill. The facility provides a crucial intermediate step between small-scale bench ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Case study - Public-private partnership successfully tests leakwise early oil spill detection sensor in the tidal Delaware river

    Background In the summer of 2011, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collaborated with GE Analytical Instruments on a unique test deployment of an oil sheen sensor in the tidal Delaware River. The idea for the test deployment arose during meetings of the Delaware River and Bay Oil Spill Advisory Committee, which includes organizations and ...


    By GE Analytical Instruments

  • Field-Proven Removal of Dissolved Hydrocarbons from Offshore Produced Water by the Macro Porous Polymer-Extraction Technology

    At the moment there are no field proven technologies available to remove dissolved hydrocarbons (aliphatics and mainly aromatics) from produced water on offshore platforms. Following a joined study of the NOGEPA (The Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association) and the Dutch Government, the Macro Porous Polymer Extraction (MPPE) technology was selected from 55 technologies as ...

  • Position Brief on oil and gas development of the Arctic

    Background The Arctic Circle encompasses roughly 6% of the earth’s surface. Wetlands make up about 60% of the total Arctic land mass and are the predominant ecosystem, however they are not well defined or understood. Arctic wetlands provide a wide range of ecosystem services such as the maintenance of permafrost, hydrology and water quality. Arctic wetlands have the highest ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Can low oil prices be good for the environment?

    Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren't so bad for the environment after all. The global price of oil has plummeted 31 percent in just five months, a steep and surprising drop after a four-year period of prices near or above $100 a barrel. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Exxon CEO talks Arctic oil drilling, risks, lessons

    The Arctic is the next great frontier for oil and gas - and one of the most environmentally fragile places on earth. An Energy Department advisory council study adopted last week said the U.S. should start exploring for oil and gas in the Arctic soon in order to feed future demand, and that the industry is ready to safely exploit the Arctic's huge reserves, despite recent mishaps. In an exclusive ...


    By Associated Press

  • Issues and challenges with oil toxicity data and implications for their use in decision making: A quantitative review

    Aquatic toxicity considerations are part of the net environmental benefit analysis and approval decision process on the use of dispersants in the event of an offshore oil spill. Substantial information is available on the acute toxicity of physically and chemically dispersed oil to a diverse subset of aquatic species generated under controlled laboratory conditions. However, most information ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Portable Infrared Analyzers Provide On-Site Measurement of Oil and Grease Levels in Hydraulic Fracturing Water

    The amount of water used in and produced by hydraulic fracturing of shale gas wells is in the millions of gallons per well.  Whether the water is going to be taken off-site for disposal or reused for re-injection, the flowback or produced water needs pretreatment to remove any residual oil from the water.  Waiting for remote laboratory results to determine the oil level can take several ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Questions and answers about damaging oilfield wastewater

    As U.S. oil and gas production increased this past decade, so, too, did spills of salty oilfield wastewater that can foul the land, kill wildlife and threaten freshwater supplies. An Associated Press analysis of 11 states found more than 180 million gallons of wastewater spilled from 2009 to 2014. Questions and answers about this damaging byproduct of energy production: WHAT IS IT? ...


    By Associated Press

  • Questions and answers about damaging oilfield wastewater

    As U.S. oil and gas production increased this past decade, so, too, did spills of salty oilfield wastewater that can foul the land, kill wildlife and threaten freshwater supplies. An Associated Press analysis of 11 states found more than 175 million gallons of wastewater spilled from 2009 to 2014. Questions and answers about this damaging byproduct of energy production: WHAT IS IT? ...


    By Associated Press

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