Are There Better Ways to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill?

| 5/19/2010 2:19:47 PM

 As British Petroleum continues to try new tactics to stem the massive flow of oil coming from the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, the company’s methods for actually cleaning up the spill have mostly been confined to using booms to keep oil from shores, using skimmers to collect it from the surface and spraying chemical dispersants to break the oil down. But there have been movements among concerned groups to employ some simpler, more natural oil removal techniques.

One natural oil cleanup method is to use hair and fur to soak it up. Nonprofit environmental organization Matter of Trust oversees a program that gives hair salons, pet groomers and individuals the opportunity to donate hair and fur clippings, which Matter of Trust stuffs into used nylon stockings to make booms that are capable of both containing and absorbing oil.

Particularly in Florida, there is also increasing interest in using hay in a similar way. Officials in Walton County, Fla., which is near the western end of the Florida panhandle, implemented a plan earlier this month to prevent oil from washing ashore, which included stacking bales of hay on the beach. The plan was met with opposition, though, as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection disapproved. Critics of using hay say it would only cause a bigger mess, though the video below does show that hay could be at least somewhat effective in cleaning up the mess.

7/8/2010 3:56:39 PM

what method that suppose to be used if we consider with the efficiency and the cost to

6/7/2010 12:56:06 PM

I agree with Harry about the dispersant being a HUGE mistake. I live in coastal Mississippi and I don't know if it is national news but everyone here knows that BP is not allowed in their OWN country to use this dispersant. Also after seeing interviews with people closely linked with the Exon Valdez spill in Alaska, they blame the dispersant for wiping out many of the fisheries and some of them have NEVER recovered. Never is a long time folks! but hey this thing is so crazy down here.... They brought the President in to look at the oil spill and clean up effort and someone brought in BUS LOADS of people to pretend to be cleaning up the beach and as soon as the cameras stopped rolling the pretenders got on their buses went home. Hey we wouldn't have BEEN so MAD IF THEY HAD AT LEAST STAYED AND WORKED OUT one DAY.... Angi Wild Acre Farms Mississippi

6/7/2010 10:57:46 AM

Better late than never does not apply here. I heard about these guy's 2 weeks ago and they are still talking about the concept? Hello anybody home here? This concept needed to be applied while the oil was still off shore. Get the Military involved and get the straw out there now! Then put the straw into a press or centrifuge and re-claim some of the cost. Bail up the recycled straw and burn to generate electricity. But quit talking and start doing!

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