Once BP’s oil mixes with water it “can actually ruin refineries”; “Has to be disposed of as garbage” at landfills


BP's next challenge: Disposal of tainted sludge, USA Today, June 17, 2010:

Oil giant BP is facing a huge new challenge in disposing of the millions of gallons of potentially toxic oil sludge its crews are collecting from the Gulf of Mexico, according to industry experts and veterans of past spills. ...

It is not profitable to refine sludge that has mixed with water and seagoing debris because it can actually ruin refineries, they said."It has no longer got any economic value. It has to be disposed of as garbage," said Marc Jones, a former Navy officer who helped oversee numerous oil spill cleanups, including the 1989 Exxon Valdez in Alaska. "The stuff that got recovered from the Exxon Valdez was just a nightmare."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-06-16-oil-waste_N.htm

2 comments to Once BP’s oil mixes with water it “can actually ruin refineries”; “Has to be disposed of as garbage” at landfills

  • dan

    Try plasma gasification plants for destruction/molecular disassociation and turning the sludge into syngas and hydrogen among other products/heat/electrical generation. Google Startech Technologies for a start.

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