Dispersants: surface applications

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Dispersant use can be an effective way of minimizing the overall ecological and socio-economic damage, by preventing oil from reaching coastal habitats and shorelines and enhancing the natural biodegradation processes that ultimately assimilate oil into the environment.

IOGP Report 532

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Description

Dispersant use can be an effective way of minimizing the overall ecological and socio-economic damage, by preventing oil from reaching coastal habitats and shorelines and enhancing the natural biodegradation processes that ultimately assimilate oil into the environment.

What dispersants are and how they work when applied to oil slicks on the sea’s surface are described, including their capabilities and limitations. The need for regulation, the advantages of preplanning and advance authorization, operational procedures and monitoring during their use are highlighted.

IOGP Report 532

Additional information

Theme

Topic

Oil spill response

Report Number

532

Document type

Report

Publication Date

2015