Dispersants, and to a lesser extent in-situ burning, are the most emphasized and researched alternatives. However, non-dispersing technologies such as solidifiers, elastomers, and coagulants hold much unrealized potential as alternatives that can be applied to spilled oil to prevent its spread and provide for its recovery and removal. As opposed to dispersants, these products actually allow for the removal the spilled oil from the environment instead of diluting it into the environment. Despite this fact, almost all the research and development, marketing, and scientific studies in the alternative response technology arena have focused on dispersants. This project aims to help move these alternatives into the general oil spill responders knowledge base as well as the into the regulatory pre-approval process.
The council develops bibliographies and syntheses of relevant research in this subject area. These provide recent knowledge in the subject area which can then be used to aid the decision-making process about their use and the potential for funding future research.
See also our page on In-Situ Burning.
Non-dispersing Literature Reviews
The council’s bibliographies can be found below. They were most recently updated in 2013.