We tested oil-only sorbent booms to find out why they aren’t effective for long-term deployment in industrial retention ponds.
Oil-only floating sorbent booms have been used for decades to contain oil and fuel spills. For the most part, they do an OK job. Unfortunately, they are not a very effective tool for long-term deployment in industrial retention ponds for two reasons:
We grabbed the dirtier-looking boom (see photos below) from the garbage to prove our theory. It had been discarded after a couple of months of use because the portion in contact with the water appeared saturated with the oil sheen.
We can understand the contractor’s concern to remove a boom that appeared saturated. However, instead of tossing it, we think they should have turned it around 180 degrees and put the clean boom in touch with the dirty water. The series of photos in the slideshow below reveals our forensic findings.
Our tests confirmed our suspicions. Traditional oil-only sorbent booms may help contain some of the oil sheen in industrial ponds. However, they do not absorb oil into the inner fibers. As a result, 99% of the oil boom is wasted. In addition, expensive labor and disposal costs are spent changing out and disposing of the poorly functioning booms.
Engineered for rapid containment and clean-up of oil spills on land or water, SpillBoa® is super absorbent, unlike standard overstuffed booms. See the comparison photos below.
5” x 10’ boom. Rolled design allows it to deploy up to 10 times faster. 150% more surface area.
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