7.Why is it important to clean up oil spills immediately?

Oil-covered rocks after a spill

Dr. Skimmer

Oil spills should be cleaned up as quickly as possible before the oil emulsifies. In emulsification, the oil mixes with water and the resulting oil/water mixture can take on a thick, pudding-like consistency. Emulsified oil is very difficult to clean up using standard means (sorbents, dispersants, skimmers, etc.).

In addition to this, oil is toxic and harms the environment where it was spilled, affecting the wildlife there. It is important to clean up oil spills quickly to limit the damage to the environment.

Oil covered rocks after a spill

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