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Oil Spill Response

A number of advanced response mechanisms are available for controlling oil spills and minimizing their impacts on human health and the environment. The key to effectively combating spills is careful selection and proper use of the equipment and materials best suited to the type of oil and the conditions at the spill site. Most spill response equipment and materials are greatly affected by such factors as conditions at sea, water currents, and wind. Damage to spill-contaminated shorelines and dangers to other threatened areas can be reduced by timely and proper use of containment and recovery equipment

  • Oil spills in mangroves Featured Article Oil spills in mangroves Oil spills in mangroves

    Editor's Note: This article is excerpted directly from NOAA, "Oil Spills in Mangroves: Planning and Response Considerations, " July 2010. It has been edited only to... More »

  • What are booms? (1:24) Featured Video What are booms? (1:24)

    Date of Video: Jun. 21, 2010 Ocean Conservancy director of conservation sciences Stan Senner explains what oil booms are and how they are working in the Gulf of Mexico. More »

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