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  •  Fishgrease, a question or 2 (3+ / 0-)
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    What are the properties of the spilled oil in water? Does it float or sink. How do you get it out of the wetlands around the cove?

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    by Zwoof on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 08:31:02 PM PDT

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    •  Most of this stuff, as spilled, floats. (7+ / 0-)

      Getting it out of wetlands (I'm not going to pretty this up) is impossible. Any wetlands affected need to be isolated and completely removed. They probably won't do that, but that's what needs to be done.

      Then craft some more wetlands. Environmental companies have seeds from plants native to every area. Good way to make money, matter of fact. You'll see people with tennis racquets out beating seeds into a bag. Just beating the shit out of various vegetation. A bag of local seed is high-dollar stuff for reclamation.

      Back to oil contamination of wetlands. I'm certain I raise some eyebrows when I say I'm not very concerned about spills on land. They're easy to clean up and by law, they have to be 100% cleanup. Not difficult.

      But water is an entirely different matter. Horrible. Terrible.

      There was a diesel spill in Utah a few days back where a beaver dam saved a downstream body of water from damage. My question is, why do we have to rely on beaver dams? There should be secondary containment ANYWHERE a pipeline can possibly drain into wetlands. It's cheap and the pipeline companies have no excuse not to put it in place BEFOREHAND.

      Anybody who says I'm on the side of the oil companies show that previous paragraph to some Oil company CEO. See what the bastard thinks about that.

      So in short the answer to your question is this:

      You can't adequately remove spilled oil from wetlands. You can pretend your doing that by the local news showing guys wading around in rubber boots throwing out absorbent pads and even wiping down individual leaves. It's all theater.

      Keep the goddam oil OUT of the wetlands. That's the only real answer.

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      by Fishgrease on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 08:56:31 PM PDT

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