Volume 95 Issue 35 | p. 18 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 4, 2017

Dispersant kept Deepwater Horizon volatiles from surfacing

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: Safety, Industrial safety, Environment, Pollution, Policy, Deepwater Horizon, water pollution, Oil spill, dispersant

Among the many responses to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, from skimming oil from the Gulf of Mexico’s surface to capping the Macondo well, perhaps the most controversial was injecting dispersant at the wellhead. Dispersant was sprayed on previous surface spills but never injected below the water. In the Deepwater Horizon incident, responders used subsea injection to try to dissolve as much of the released oil and gas in the water as possible . . .

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