Oil spills are expensive. Nearly two weeks after a massive explosion in an oil rig killed 11 workers and triggered a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the cleanup and other associated costs are rapidly mounting and, by one estimate, will total at least $12.5 billion.
Beside this, how do you clean up an oil spill?
Method 3 Removing Oil Spills on Concrete
- Sprinkle powder over the spill. You can use baby powder or talcum powder.
- Sweep up the residue. Use a broom to sweep up the powder after you have let it sit overnight.
- Wash with detergent.
- Rinse with hot water.
How do you contain an oil spill?
Contain the spill using booms, and collect the oil from the surface of the water using skimmers: Long, buoyant booms, which can be solid or inflatable tubes, surround and isolate the oil slick. The booms rise about 3 feet (1 meter) above water level, and are attached to a skirt that hangs underwater.
How did they clean up the 2010 oil spill?
In the wake of the 2010 BP oil spill, cleanup crews dumped some 1.8 million gallons of chemical dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico. What's bothersome, Joye told The Atlantic, is that 24 to 55 percent of the oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon rig off the Louisiana coast is unaccounted for.