Results from Selected Oil-Spill Response Research

by Edward J. Tennyson, U.S. Minerals Management Service, Herndon, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Recent large oil spills from tankers have reaffirmed the need for continuing technology assessment and research to improve oil-spill response capabilities. The Minerals Management Service (MMS) remains a lead agency in conducting this research. This paper discusses MMS concerns, as reinforced by the acceleration of its research program in 1990. It briefly describes assessment of the current state-of-the-art technology for major aspects of spill response, including remote sensing, open-ocean containment, recovery, in-situ burning, chemical treating agents, beachline cleanup, oil characterization and behavior and the reactivation of the Oil and Hazardous Materials Simulated Environmental Test Tank (OHMSETT) facility.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials spills | Aging (material) | Field tests | Environmental issues | Material tests | Water pollution | Waste sites | Chemical treatment

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