Oil Spills

Questions related to the causes and effects of an oil spill, and ways of cleaning them up should be asked here.

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Who should you call first if you have an oil or fuel spill?

U.S Coast Guard National Response Center

Air Pollution
Noise Pollution
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How can air pollution be minimized?

More people using public transportation since that would make there be less cars on the road, reducing our carbon monoxide emissions. Also, more people could take a caravan (drive with others) to work for the same reason.

Other ways to reduce:

1. Reduce the use of cars --- Your car is a significant source of air pollution, so switching to a more gas-efficient vehicle will be a big help. Taking public transport to work rather than driving will reduces the number of carbon dioxide into the air.

2. Reduce Waste --- Manufacturing of unnecessary or disposable goods often produces air pollution, so reduced purchasing of disposables will help. In general, follow the solid waste mantra - "Reduce, Reuse, Repair, And Recycle" - and this will reduce air pollution as well from transporting, treating, or disposing of unnecessary wastes.

3. Eliminate Toxic Chemical Use at Home --- A surprising number of household or home shop chemicals are toxic and volatile. Many release vapors into the air, inside the home and out. This can be serious health threat to your family, and contributes to community-wide levels of air pollutants.

5. No Burn Barrels --- Northeast Wisconsin communities need to pass and enforce ordinances prohibiting individuals or businesses from burning trash in their back yards. This type of uncontrolled burning is extremely polluting, especially when many people are doing it. When trash is burned incompletely and at relatively low temperatures, a great deal of soot and ash is produced. Many plastics, coatings, inks, paints, metals and treated woods will produce toxic chemical air pollutants such as dioxin, lead, arsenic, chromium, etc.

6. Plant leafy trees and shrubs --- Deciduous trees and shrubs (the kinds that drop leaves in the fall) are excellent air filters to help reduce smog and cool the air on hot summer days.


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Offshore Oil Rigs and Platforms

What is tripping pipe on an oil rig?

The term "tripping the well" got it's start most likely as a reference to the "round trip" made by the drill bit. The first leg of the trip is coming out of the hole, by lifting the entire drill string and unscrewing the upper most drill pipe called a joint, the newly removed drill pipe is laid beside the rig and the drill string is lifted again, etc. until all drill pipe is out of the hole. After service work is performed, for example change to fresh drill bit, then the second leg of the trip is to reverse the process, lowering the drill string as each new joint is made until fully back in the hole with the bit on bottom. You can find a lot of interesting videos on offshore rigs, jobs, etc here:

I left the previous answer in place:

When drill pipe is lowered or put into the well in the well, it is called running in or is tripping into the well. When drill pipe is raised or pull out of the well, it is call running out or tripping out of the well.

Cars & Vehicles
Oil and Oil Filters
Oil Spills

What does oil do to make your car run?

Lubricates and cools the moving metal parts. and helps keep your engine running smoothly

Earth Sciences
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Why gas refinery have chimney with fire?

The fire exhausted through the chimney of a refinery is used to heat not burn the container or vat which holds the crude oil, this is to bring the oil to the high temperature needed to turn the oil from a liquid to a gaseous state without burning it, at which point these gases begin to rise and separate into the different chains of molecules of carbon. These different chains are the different types of petroleum products like gasoline, kerosene and so on. Each different type of molecule cools at a set temperature. As the gases rise they cool and condense at different heights. Heavier, longer chains of carbon like petroleum jelly cool quicker than lighter, shorter chains of carbon like gasoline, so it can be predicted how high up the cooling tower each type of carbon will rise before cooling and condensing. Collection tubes are placed at these heights to separate the different types of petroleum products and pipe them in liquid form into storage containers. A method called "cracking" can be used during the heating process to cause longer chains of carbon molecules to break into smaller chains, allow the production of more of the lighter products like gasoline.


There are no chimneys at refineries with a fire on them. The stack often seen at such a location is called a flare and is part of the safety and environmental measures. During the course of plant operation it is sometimes necessary to release gases which may be toxic or flammable. Rather than release them at ground level where they could cause pollution they are sent to the flare stack and burned in a controlled manner. In general refineries do not want to waste flammable gases as they make their money by selling such products. As a consequence flares are used on an emergency or contingency basis.

Salary and Pay Rates
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Offshore Oil Rigs and Platforms

Is the offshore oil rig work tax free?

Generally no.

If you are a US citizen, you are obligated to pay US tax whether you work on US land, US water or outside the US. If you must also must pay foreign income tax, generally you are able to deduct this amount from your US tax.

Oil Spills

What is the effect of oil on sea life?

THEY DIE... they all die...

Emissions and Exhaust Systems
Oil and Oil Filters
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What is an oil catch can?

An oil catch can is used in turbo applications, or high-performance race applications where excessive blow-by (leakage past the piston rings) of air and fuel vapor occurs. This creates a positive pressure in the crankcase. Engine manufactures have placed a valve on the engine block which releases this pressure. This valve is known as a PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valve. During engine operation, blow-by gases, as well as oil mist from the rotating components of the engine, pass through the PCV valve and are routed back into the intake for the engine to burn off. However, some of the oil mist and other products settle along the engine intake and over time form a "gunk." The oil catch can collects the oil mist and condenses the fuel vapors while allowing "cleaner" gases to be passed back into the intake. Typically the blow-by gasses are passed through a wire mesh, which give the vapor droplets something to adhere to. Since the oil catch cans condense the vapor portion of the gasses, they will need to be drained periodically of all the oil, fuel and other contaminants.

Oil Spills
BP Oil Spill

How can BP improve it's image?

It cannot in the near future, , you will see that in a few months BP will sell some of its affiliates to a competitor, or operate under a different name..

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BP Oil Spill

Why is the oil spill problem so important?

The oil spill problem is important because of the short and long term implications.

National Geographic reported in detail on many of the impacts and dangers of the BP oil Spill.

This situation impacts the food chain from the bottom level up. Humans are showing high levels of toxic chemicals in their blood stream. The "responsible" Gulf fishing industry has been destroyed. Not to say that there isn't fishing and shrimping happening. In fact even though are government is holding data proving this sea food is toxic they are allowing it to be sold on the open market and now have a plan to feed it to our military.

The darkest of important issues is the Bilouxi dome / Macando region which is a under sea volcano that has been punctured into it's core. The reason so much of the oil in the ocean appears red is because it contains magma. We have big problems. Not to mention the scientific theories of the methane explosion pending which can in turn create another Ice Age.

Really scary stuff, but that doesn't make it false.

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What is heavier heating oil or water?


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Should the Gulf Oil Spill be capitalized?

Yes of course! Anything name or place should be capitalized.

It would depend on the context. If "Gulf Oil Spill" were a newspaper headline all the words in this case would be capitalised. However, under normal circumstances, only the word "Gulf" is referring to a specific place, so the other words would not be capitalised.

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When did bp oil spill get plugged?

The Macondo well was permanently plugged by BP on September 19, 2010.

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When will the oil in the gulf run out?

most likily 30 years

Oral Health and Dental Care
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What is a gumboil?

A gumboil is usually caused by an abscess at the root of the tooth. Often, this abscess is caused by food caught in pockets at the gumline. The infection forms at the root, and then eats away at the gum tissue, eventually creating a channel that leads to the gum surface. Once the channel reaches the gum surface, it appears to be a pimple or raised, white growth. Gumboils often (though not always) hurt, and sometimes the tooth feels raised or displaced. Gumboils should always be attended to by a dentist, because even drainage and an easing of symptoms doesn't mean the problem is solved, as the infection usually remains at the root of the tooth. If untreated in the long term, gumboils can cause tooth and even bone loss, as the infection dissolves the bone surrounding the root of the tooth.

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How did the deepwater bp oil spill affect the environment?

It killed a lot of wildlife

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What kind of oil had spilled in the gulf of Mexico?

Crude oil (BP is still paying for that stupid mistake).

Oil Spills

How many shallow water drilling oil spills have occurred?

The number is not known or at least not published. The total number is spills from oil oil platforms is known and accounts for a very small percentage of all oil dumped or leaked into our waters.

The number of spills is known:

The Gulf of Mexico (267 spills)

The northeastern U.S. (140 spills)

The Mediterranean Sea (127 spills)

The Persian Gulf (108 spills)

The North Sea (75 spills)

Japan (60 spills)

Baltic Sea (52 spills)

United Kingdom and English Channel (49 spills)

Malaysia and Singapore (39 spills)

The west coast of France and north and west coasts of Spain (33 spills)

Korea (32 spills)

The vast bulk are shallow spills and very few leak much oil. There are certainly exceptions but shallow oil drilling gives us far easier solutions to the situations then deep water does.

The vast bulk of oil spilled into our waters is from permanent fixtures and sites. Pipelines are one example.

Oil Spills

What is El-Hamra Oil Company?

El Hamra Oil Company was established in August 2005 to be one of the main petroleum sector entities to run all exploratory and development activities over Alamein / Yidma oil fields , aiming to increase the production potentiality and finding new booked reserves

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Water Cycle

How does oil spill affect water cycle?

It will rain oil and all the cute puppies in the world will spontaniously combust. dont forget disneyworld will burst into flames

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What would happen if there was an oil spill on Antarctica?

Well, the same thing that happens every where else. A general natural break down in the area in which all the surrounding wildlife would be affected.

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5 ways to clean up oil spills?

There are lots of ways. Let's discount "ignore it until it goes away on its own" and "wait until it washes up on a beach and can be scrubbed off by hand."

Five of the ways left are:

  1. Suck up the oil after you contain it with floating oil booms
  2. Absorb free oil with absorbent pillows or fibers then clean them up
  3. Emulsify it into the water column
  4. Use an endless belt of absorbent or hydrophobic material to draw the oil up into a scraper
  5. Burn it off with wicking ceramic balls


Invite Kevin Kosner's scientist brother to place all his equipment in areas not already being busily cleaned up by BP. One centrifuge-machine can clean up to 200,000 gallons of sea water per day. As long as he is not hampering on-going operations why not "turn him loose" and let him "show us what his technology can do"?


  • Notify local authorities as necessary.
  • Contain the spill using the appropriate equipment (i. e. dams etc. on land, booms on water)
  • Use absorbent material to soak up oil.
  • Dispose of this material appropriately.
  • Absorbent materials include Oil-Dry, SpillFix, spill kits, various pads, etc.
  • Consider eco-friendly oil absorbent products you can find online that are much more effective than clay-based absorbents and don't have related health risks.
  • Remove contaminated soil for disposal (on land)
  • Replace removed soil with clean material (on land)
Arts and Crafts
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Water Pollution

How do you clean up old dried linseed oil from glass?

acitone or carborater cleaner

acetone or carburetor cleaner

Oil Spills

What happened in the 1973 oil crisis?

The Arab countries, principally Saudi Arabia, refused to sell the US and other countries oil due to our decision to help Israel restock military weapons after the Yom Kippur war. See link.

War and Military History
Gulf War
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Was first gulf war justified?

The first Gulf war; Desert Shield and Desert Storm, were very justified. Iraq invaded and occupied Kuwait, and terrorized the nation. Iraq threatened to attack Saudi Arabia. The war was necessary to defend Saudi Arabia and free Kuwait from a murderous tryant--Saddam Hussein of Iraq.


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