Major Oil Company Cleans-up Its Chain of Fueling Stations

Port of Spain, Trinidad: National Petroleum, one of the most diversified petroleum companies in the Caribbean, operates its own chain of fueling stations. This month, they began a new environmental program designed to reduce its downstream pollution from the grease, oil and fuel deposits left by the many cars and trucks that visit their stations.

A new product was used called DE-GREASE-IT, a fuel and oil spill eliminator, which completely breaks down any type of hydrocarbon into an environmentally safe form of dirt. “It is so effective,” quotes Christian De Freitas, Business Development Executive for Trinidad Tank & Fuel Service, who did the job “that the run off even cleans any pre-existing toxic soil it comes into contact with as it makes its way through the ground and sewer systems.”

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Petrotrin using DE-OIL-IT in Trinidad Oil Spill clean-up

Cleaning boats with DE-OIL-IT

Petrotrin workers using the de-oil-it product on pirogues at Point Sable Beach in La Brea, yesterday.

Fishermen along the south-western peninsula whose boats were affected by Petrotrin’s 11 oil spills were able to clean their vessels for the first time yesterday using a non-toxic product called “de-oil-it” sourced from the United States. On Friday, brothers Andrew and John Collier, owners of Tank Fuel Services Ltd, along with regional lead of the “de-oil-it” product David Bovell gave president of the La Brea Fishing Association Alvin La Borde and a small group of fishermen a demonstration of the product being used for oil spill clean-up in the presence of Petrotrin’s officials.

The product when applied on areas covered with oil, Bovell said, has the ability to disarm the toxic molecules, leaving surfaces thoroughly clean. The product, they said, apart from being non-toxic to humans, animals and the environment, was also water-based and biodegradable making it an ideal product for oil spill clean-up.  Read more

See what DE-OIL-IT is doing for the environment- Video

DE-OIL-IT wants what is best for our environment and makes that an important consideration. Unlike other products, DE-OIL-IT doesn’t sink petroleum waste to the bottom of the ocean or move it to poisonous dump sites. Eventually that discarded toxic waste will contaminate our waterways, leach into our water supplies and adversely affect marine, plant, animal and human life.

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Freeport News posts on DE-OIL-IT: New environmentally friendly product to be released

Once DE-OIL-IT comes into contact with any type of petroleum based spill, the remediating process begins

Once DE-OIL-IT comes into contact with any type of petroleum based spill, the remediating process begins. It is complete and irreversible. DE-OIL-IT will not let the oil re-bond and sink to the oceans bottom and ruin their beautiful reefs and beaches. — in Freeport, The Bahamas.

Overseas Marine Company has partnered with the Green World Products, LLC to introduce a new, environmentally friendly product called ‘DE-OIL-IT.’

DE-OIL-IT is a unique, non-toxic solution that completely eliminates all fuel and oil spills found on land or water. It also breaks down the petroleum molecules and safely reintroduces them back into the environment.

This revolutionary product is a degreaser-degrader, but it can also be used as a powerful cleaning agent in the household.

John Collier, Managing Director of Trinidad Tank and Fuel Services who conducted the four day training seminar said, “We have a product that is strong enough to address real-life situations we face in the energy and industrial marine sectors such as oil spills, but yet gentle enough to use to mop your floors and clean your toilets. It protects the environment and more importantly the workers.

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Researchers debate dispersant oil spill remedy

The use of dispersants to clean up oil in the Gulf of Mexico is examined

Oil industry maintains that dispersants should be part of routine response to deep-water blowouts.

No aspect of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was more controversial than the decision to pump massive doses of chemical dispersant into the oil gushing from 1,500 metres down (see ‘Deep cleaning’). Advocates said that the mixture of solvents and detergent would separate the deep oil plume into finer droplets, speeding its breakdown. Critics feared damage to deep-water ecosystems.

This week, researchers at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, are assessing the outcome — and sometimes drawing markedly different conclusions from the scant data. Industry scientists argue that the nearly three million litres of subsea dispersant worked as expected and caused minimal ecological damage. Dispersant, they say, should be a standard option for fighting future sea-floor blowouts. But other researchers say that applying dispersants at depth has not yet been proved to be effective, let alone safe. Read more

USS Guardian fuel extraction underway to prevent oil spill in reef

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan – The critical process of fuel extraction to prevent an oil spill in reef from the grounded USS Guardian in Tubbataha Reef is now underway and may be expected to be completed within 48 hours, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

However, the full extent of the damage to the UNESCO-declared marine wildife preserve won’t be known until the ship is removed by the end of January.

PCG Spokesperson Cmdr. Armand Balilo told GMA News Online that, as of Thursday morning, US Navy salvage personnel have already begun draining the Guardian of its fuel. Read more

Crash and oil spill involving semi-tanker

Oil spill from a tanker crash on Clear Creek Canyon in Colorado

Crash and oil spill closes Clear Creek Canyon for hours; back open now

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – Four people were rushed to St. Anthony hospital early Wednesday morning after a chain reaction crash involving a semi hauling asphalt oil.

U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon was closed in both directions between Golden and Highway 119 for several hours, but reopened at 3 p.m. Read more

Corexit proves deadly to Gulf’s fragile coral reefs

Reef threatened by CorexitIn a PLOS One scientific paper published Jan. 9, scientists have proven a link between detrimental effects of both oil and dispersants such as Corexit on corals in the Gulf of Mexico.

The demonstrated effects of pollution by DWH crude oil and the dispersant Corexit® 9500 on P. astreoides and M. faveolata planulae strongly suggest that the use of dispersants to mitigate oil spills in the vicinity of coral reefs should be avoided.

It’s been over two years since the BP oil spill, and since then scientists such as Dr. Charles Fisher of Penn State, Dr. Samantha Joye of University of Georgia and Dr. Ron Tjeerdema of UC Davis have worked tirelessly to better understand the full impact of the environmental catastrophe. Read more