oil spill testing services Articles

  • 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

  • Inland oil spill clean up case study

    Introduction The essential strategy for inland spill clean up techniques should be containment, recovery and temporary storage. Secondary needs will include transportation and possible disposal - or recycling. It is important to discover the source of the spill which might not be straight forward. A steady slow seepage from a leaking disused oil storage tank may be very difficult ...

  • Analytical Testing for Corexit Dispersants Used in the Gulf Spill

    The analysis of various sample matrices (seawater, sediment, tissue) to determine concentrations of Corexit dispersants used in the Gulf spill requires the use of one or more of the components in the dispersant as a tracer. The primary active ingredient (i.e. the primary surfactant) in the Corexit products is Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate Sodium Salt (DOSS). The other primary ingredients function as ...


  • Shop Spill Cleanup, Mitigation for Waste Applications

    Spills and effluent water around a shop can cause an operation time and money. Taking simple steps to understand and apply best practices and the right products can mitigate the problematic effects and make any shop safer. If you work in a maintenance shop in the waste industry, you know that one thing is unavoidable—spills. With so many pieces of equipment and so many fluids around ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Portable IR Analyzer Provides ASTM Field Test Method for Measuring Soot Levels In Diesel Engine Lubricating Oils

    The InfraCal Soot Meter, from Wilks Enterprise, gives users an approved ASTM testing method for measuring the percent level of soot in diesel engine lubricating oils -- ASTM Method D7686-2011 entitled “Test Method for Field-Based Condition Monitoring of Soot in In-Service Lubricants Using a Fixed-Filter Infrared (IR) instrument.” While there is widespread disagreement on used-diesel ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Oil Water Separator Maintenance

    Oil water separators (OWS) can be co$tly to maintain, $20,000 or more on average per cleaning and if not properly managed, can be very expensive conduits of pollution. Have you taken steps to minimize the effects and consequences on your operating co$t? When was your facility’s last OWS maintenance ...

  • Development of skimmer testing protocol based on ASTM standards by minerals management service and U.S. coast guard at Ohmsett facility

    Abstract During late 2004 and early 2005, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the U.S. Minerals Management Services’ (MMS) Ohmsett—The National Oil Spill Response Test Facility collaborated in an effort to develop a standard protocol for testing static oil skimmers. The goal was to develop a repeatable generic skimmer test procedure that substantively met ASTM Standard F631, ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Case study - Texas crude oil in soil sites

    Sunset Well Service, Inc. is an environmental contractor located in the Midland/Odessa area of Texas. They use their UVF-3100D analyzer to help excavate and remediate soils contaminated by produced water and crude oil. Laboratories in Texas test TPH using the TX 1005 GC-FID Method. This method is similar to U.S. EPA Method 8015M, but reports the GRO, DRO and ORO fractions separately. Soils from ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • Development of an American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Stationary Skimmer Test Protocol - Phase 2 Development

    Abastract The development of a simple and inexpensive standard test protocol to determine a realistic nameplate capacity for oil skimmers is underway within the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM); however, there are differing opinions on how these tests should be conducted. A significant point of contention has been whether to test skimmers using oil only or using an oil layer ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Oil tank removal and land remediation specialist

    It becomes a terrifically herculean task, when an oil tank is detected above and below the ground. In such cases we immediately need professional tank removal services. In this regard West Coast Tank Recovery has come out with some gratifying result. It is not easy to handle the situation, when an oil tank is detected, submerged into the ground. In such circumstances we can only trust the ...

  • Soot level – a diesel engine lube oil condemning limit

    While there is widespread disagreement on used-diesel oil condemning limits, it is well known that excessive soot in the lube oil causes abnormal valve and injection-train wear.  It can also increase exhaust emissions and clog filters.  Typically, the suggested limit for soot is in the neighborhood of 3% but can go much higher.  With the new ASTM Method D7686, truck, bus, ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Oil Skimmers Inc., solves a vexing dermatitis problem in a maching shop

    One portable Cart Mount System services multiple locations Concerns about dermatology in a machine shop? This sounds more like discussing ballet on the baseball field. Dermatitis is not a general complaint among grinder operators, but finding a solution to the problem was almost as tricky as finding a prima ballerina who can pitch for the majors. The safety director can't just ...


    By Oil Skimmers, Inc.

  • Feds propose new reg to remove leaking storage tanks from service

    With spills and leaks from storage tank systems that contain petroleum products continuing to pose significant health and environmental risks, the federal Department of the Environment proposed recently a new regulation to reduce the risk of contaminating soil and groundwater. The proposed Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations would replace the ...

  • Case study - SEAWATCH Norway

    DURATION: 1990 onwards DESCRIPTION: SEAWATCH Norway, which is a continuation of SEAWATCH Europe in Norwegian waters, focuses on developing new technologies, special applications and sensors. One of the buoys is specifically reserved for testing new technologies and is located nearby Fugro premises. Users of the services include: ...


    By Fugro OCEANOR AS

  • LEGAL LOOKOUT: EPA Proposes Amendment to SPCC Plan Requirements

    On Dec. 12, 2005, the EPA proposed to amend Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan requirements to reduce the regulatory burden these requirements impose on covered entities. The agency also released a document entitled SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors to assist regional inspectors in assessing a facility's implementation of SPCC requirements. As such, the document is an ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Bioremedation and TPH analysis at Lumwana Copper Mine in Zambia

    MINING SITE: Equinox Minerals operates the biggest copper mine in Africa located at Lumwana in Northwest province Zambia.  Open pit mining methods are used to access the ore which is hauled to the process plant where it is crushed and processed into final concentrate. The mine operates a large fleet of equipment, including 27 EH4500 dump trucks, 5 shovels, 4 excavators ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • Land remediation & sludge processing case study

    In late 2009 the company was approached by a London based consultancy on behalf of their clients with oil and gas interests in an Eastern European country. The brief was to supply a technology that could assist in the clean-up of historical oil spills around redundant oil wells in a working oilfield. Our initial meeting led us to believe that this was a viable contract and following several ...

  • Enterprise-Wide Electronic Plans Solutions

    Supporting Compliance Enterprise-Wide Providing Global Access to Critical Response Data About the Client Operating throughout North America, our client is recognized as a leading producer in oil and gas exploration, production technology and a top contributor of natural gas and gasoline. The client currently has 120 U.S. assets ...


    By Witt O`Brien`s, LLC.

  • Barium Sulfate: A Protocol for Determining Higher Site-Specific Barium Cleanup Levels

    Abstract Although different barium compounds are known to exhibit vastly different toxicities, cleanup standards for barium in soil or sediment at environmental corrective action sites are typically based on total barium concentration without regard for the specific barium compounds present. However, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has recently agreed that the insoluble ...


  • Gas Safety in Confined Spaces

    Introduction An offshore worker ensures a vessel is safe to enter; a plant manager enters a small plant room; a contractor inspects the lining of a sewage pipe.  All these personnel face common dangers, despite working in widely different industries.  Gas-related injury poses a serious threat in any confined space where the free movement of air is limited. A confined space ...

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