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Spilled Oil Must Be Quickly, Safely and Effectively Removed

If your core plan for fighting oil spills is to use spill treating agents like COREXIT, as is the Canadian government plan, you need to rethink that now.

Federal courts in the U.S. have found that the U.S. EPA failed to undertake a nondiscretionary duty in not updating their rule on the use of chemical dispersants based on actual evidence of the harm done by dispersants. The EPA is now required to correct their 25-year oversight by the end of May 2023. Even Canada might have to get on board sometime this decade.

Court orders EPA to update regulations related to use of dispersants on oil spills (Splash247.com)

The Death Knell for Dispersants? (Van Ness Feldman LLP)

Oil and dispersants create a toxic cocktail that can be lethal to wildlife and humans. One study found that dispersants can make oil up to 52 times more toxic. (The Alert Project)

Canada has pre-approved only 2 products for response to marine oil spills, both dispersants: Corexit® EC9500A and Corexit® EC9580A as of June 2016.

These are terrible tools for oil spill response (largely ineffective), and pose serious hazards for marine life and humans near them during application or while they remain in the environment.

Here's a treatment of the topic for the lay audience From The Narwhal.
Canada should rethink unproven, dangerous chemical ‘cleanup’ of marine oil spills.
The idea that response could be mounted within 36 hours is too optimistic; the current industry target is 72 hours to have equipment on scene, and they frequently don't make it. That's one reason why response tools need to be community-based, not stored centrally far from likely spill zones.

This April 2023 article in The Guardian gives a human account of why dispersants need to be removed from the oil clean-up toolbox.
They cleaned up BP’s massive oil spill. Now they’re sick – and want justice.

It's time to renounce the false idol of dispersants as an effective spill response tool, in favour of those which produce a net environmental benefit. We're here to make effective, safe and environmentally-superior solutions available in Canada.

If your plan is to stick with other 1960s technologies like absorbents, or old-school mechanical gear like booms and bath-tub-toy scale disk, brush or drum skimmers, well, those continue to be expensive, cranky, slow to deploy and generally not very effective at recovering spilled oil.

If you're ready to look at technologies that are more effective, less expensive, don't produce massive quantities of toxic waste or collect more water than oil, we're here to answer your questions.

Oil may be the energy life-blood of the 20th century industrialized world, but that doesn't mean we should let it haemorrhage into our life-giving soil and water. The oil industry has proved in over a century of operations spanning the globe that spill prevention is not foolproof. Accidents happen, neglect happens, increasing occurrence of natural disasters affecting tankers, pipelines or oil storage happens; so rapid, safe response, in a manner that fits the situation, is critical.

Grays Harbor Spill Slick Mayflower Pipeline Dilbit Spill

While big spills make the news, small everyday spills of gasoline, crude oil, diesel, heating oil and lubricating oil actually put more oil into the environment - and us.

Oil Spill Residual on Driveway

ROSCUE provides oil spill response, recovery and remediation solutions in Canada for everyone dealing with spilled oil products from home and vehicle owners to small business, filling stations, first responders, spill response organizations, environmental organizations, remediation companies, regulators and governments.

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