Update: Oil Spill News – Beyond Dog Hair Booms

by Mary Haight on June 3, 2010

An oiled bird from Oil Spill in San Francisco ...
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CNBC had a segment a couple of hours ago that answered a question I posed, whatever happened to the oil-eating microbes, in the comments area of the post mentioning dog hair being used in booms to stop the oil from spreading.  CNBC is showcasing private sector answers to oil spills this week.  Ed Corpora, CEO, American Products Enterprises Corp. presented his product based on peat moss, called “HTP”, that was denied by BP after what was judged to be a cursory look.  (There are millions of acres of peat moss, and it doesn’t appear as if this would strip available stores of nature’s ancient heat and stupid human clean up source.)

This product was devised in 1991 and American Products Enterprises Corp  have been working with county and state governments, utilities and small companies since that time. It’s not like it is an untried product. Indigenous microbes in warm weather conditions multiply in this product and eat the oil.  Then it’s skimmed off the top of the water or land and disposed of according to EPA guidelines. 

He demonstrated – a la HSN – by pouring transmission fluid and motor oil in a fishbowl, and poured transmission oil on a sandy “beach” area.  He then put the HTP on top of the oily mess in the water and showed what happens when a bird lands in the spill area by shoving what looked like a duster into the HTP, through the oil, all the way to the bottom of the fishtank and pulled it out.  It was dry with no oil on it!  Unlike the duck pictured above.

He then scraped the HTP across the surface of the sand to reveal clean sand and the HTP held the oil without a new mess being created (encapsulated action) when piled in a corner of the sandbox. He demonstrated that even when it’s raining the HTP will not release the oil back onto the land or in the water by taking the oil soaked HTP, putting it into a strainer and running water through it into a pitcher.  The water was clear.  Amazing presentation. Oh, and it can be reused(!), though no one elaborated on this point.

He will also offer HTP in oil booms 8″, 12″ and 24″ booms up to 100′ lengths.

It takes one pound of HTP to soak up approximately 1 gallon of oil.  The cost is between “$0.70 to a little over a dollar” per pound.”  The CNBC interviewer said “that’s chicken feed” and said maybe that it’s too easy and elegant a fix for oil companies to understand. You can check out the American Products Enterprises Corp here.

This sounds and appears to be a remarkable fix.  Maybe there’s a drawback.  HTP looks like a very lightweight product and maybe that would make application difficult, but even if they had to buy ten or twenty times the volume of  HTP needed to compensate for this factor, it would not hurt the environment and would still cost less than the current method of toxic chemical approach. [I haven’t seen a fleet of skimmers at work;  maybe someone could fill me in on that.]

I was so excited to see this report that I just had to share it with you!  So forgive me if this post is only tangentially related to dogs and how they help us, but it is about marine life, and our feathered friends and how we are all trying to pitch in where we might. Case in point, I saw a tweet from a pal in New York who is a professional photographer and filmmaker. Damian (twitter handle @damiancalvo) is seeking out volunteer opportunities.  He wants to put together a photo documentary of events.  I would bet there are a lot of people willing to use their considerable skills to perform important functions like this. They just need an inroad.  Anyone have knowledge of who to contact – a real person or group of organizations perhaps?

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