Oil Containment Booms — A Key Containment and Clean-Up Tool in the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Did you watch the news during the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster? Then you’ve seen plenty of oil containment booms in action: They were the white floating booms lined up along shore lines to prevent the oil from contaminating the coast.

The problem with oil spills, especially on water as was the case in the Gulf of Mexico, is that they spread very quickly and can easily get out of control. And oil containment booms can often stop it completely, or at least slow it down.


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And not only that, but the absorbent variety, the one usually deployed on water, can also clean up the oil.

And while they’re literally made for oil clean-up on bodies of water, they can also be used on land to clean up large amounts of oil, along with any other kind of hydrocarbons as well, including gasoline, motor oil, jet fuel, hydraulic oil, and kerosene.

Obviously, they can’t be used for water based chemicals, however, or for acids and other aggressive chemicals.

Oil containment booms are long sausage-shaped mesh casings stuffed with oil only absorbent polypropylene filler. They also have nylon ropes and a durable linking system, so they can be linked together — and removed more easily after they have done their job.

And here’s how they contain the oil — as they are floating right on top of the water, where any of the spilled oil will be as well, they form a barrier that contains the oil.

You can use them on any kind of body of water, whether that’s a lake, a river, a marina, or even the open ocean. Even those who had never seen oil containment booms before became quite familiar with them after the Gulf of Mexico Disaster TV coverage.

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