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Engineers Test New Technique To Clean Up Oil Leak

Oil Spill: Underwater application of chemical dispersants may prevent oil from reaching the surface
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Disaster in Gulf
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: off shore drilling, NOAA, dispersantsasphaltenesDeepwater HorizonGulf coast

To clean up the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, engineers have begun testing a new technique to stop the leaking oil from reaching the ocean surface. Experts hope that this novel approach will limit how much oil reaches the fragile wetlands along the Gulf's coast. Preventing oil's landfall is a major goal in any oil-spill response, but is particularly critical because of this crude oil's chemical make-up.

The spill began when the . . .

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