A huge explosion in BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people on the night of 20th April 2010. As the platform collapsed into the sea, the environmental catastrophe made itself clear with vast amounts of crude oil gushing from the broken wellhead. A survivor of the blast and fire later gave details on how he and other rig workers were kept at sea for 40 hours before being rescued.
Different kinds of solutions have been proposed and applied in the Gulf of Mexico these last months, especially for containing the spill and recovering the oil. Unfortunately, all efforts have resulted in modest results which are not yet sufficient to solve the problem. This paper presents how RECAM®, a new innovative nanostructured material can operate like a barrier and easily recover the oil spilt in this area with an eco-friendly approach.