A rash of recent oil spills around the globe — Bangladesh, Israel, Peru and New Zealand — serve as reminders of the damage such spills can cause and of the important role responders can play in limiting such damage.
Spill responders have several tools at their disposal, including chemical dispersants. However, the legacy of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico includes a public backlash against dispersants that stands to exacerbate environmental damage from future spills.
Starting with Deepwater Horizon, dispersants seem to have become an environmental villain du jour, even creeping in to the popular vernacular. To control an oil spill that ultimately exceeded 40,000 square miles, responders released 1.8 million gallons of dispersant over 59 days — an act that society has judged a bad idea.… Seguir leyendo »