Volume 88 Issue 20 | pp. 36-37
Issue Date: May 17, 2010

Cleaning Up The Gulf Oil Spill

Response teams use multiple techniques, including a new one, to try to protect coastal wetlands
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Disaster in Gulf
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: oil spill, NOAA, dispersants, asphaltenes, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf coast, wetlands, bioremediation

As black tarlike and reddish brown oil floats on the Gulf of Mexico, response crews continue their vast clean-up effort. Scientists and engineers hope that the crews’ multipronged attack of standard oil clean-up techniques—and one that had never been tried before—will minimize the amount of oil seeping into the Gulf’s fragile wetlands.

“We’re trying to use all the tools in the toolbox,” says geochemist Jacqueline Michel, president of Research Planning, in . . .

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