Spill Response Technologies
Submitted by: Living Oceans Society
Lauri Solsberg is a chemical engineer who has been testing and evaluating oil spill response technology since 1975, working with several Canadian government agencies and since 1986, as a private consultant. His review of technology for removing spilled, submerged oil from the ocean concludes that there is a need to improve countermeasures. It notes that locating, containing and removing submerged oil remain daunting tasks, and that if spilled oil becomes suspended between the water’s surface and the bottom, it is unlikely that any commercially available response technologies can be successfully applied to control the spill.