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Old 06-02-2010, 01:46 PM
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What do they do with the oil that they clean up from spills? Can they refine it and make it into fuel again? If they cannot use it seems like we are going to have a secondary problem on trying to dispose of the oil that is collected.

If it can be refined again you would think that someone would want to collect it? Kind of like scrap metal, even when it's scrap it still has some value.

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i heard they are going to make it into an "oil spill quilt"
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I would think it should be able to be separated out from the water for use as some refined product but don't know for sure - maybe some crude plastics ?
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If it can be reused for something it would be great to have the government allow anyone to collect the oil. If there is money to be made and a market for the recovered oil they should let anyone collect it that wants it. So long as they don't use chemicals or anything else that will negatively impact the environment.

Like I said, if there is money to be made I would expect lots and lots of people to be trying to collect the oil thereby shortening the clean up time. To encourage the clean up BP or the government should create a market for the recovered oil to encourage more people to clean it up to make a profit.

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They can make the recovered oil into anything that crude oil is used to make.

Bunches of ways to remove the water, centrifudge, vaccumm heating, or just run it through a oil refinery.
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Originally Posted by twentynine View Post
They can make the recovered oil into anything that crude oil is used to make.

Bunches of ways to remove the water, centrifudge, vaccumm heating, or just run it through a oil refinery.

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Originally Posted by twentynine View Post
They can make the recovered oil into anything that crude oil is used to make.

Bunches of ways to remove the water, centrifudge, vaccumm heating, or just run it through a oil refinery.
Here in Kentucky we have lots of small oil wells. In almost every instance, the oil is mixed with salt water as it is brought to the surface. There is generally a tank called a "separator" on site which does what you would expect--separates the oil from the water. The oil is pumped into holding tanks, and the salt water is discharged either into a holding lagoon, or a drilled well back underground. I would suspect that the oil recovered from this spill could be used for anything that it would have been used for absent the spill.
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Originally Posted by kyjd75 View Post
Here in Kentucky we have lots of small oil wells. In almost every instance, the oil is mixed with salt water as it is brought to the surface. There is generally a tank called a "separator" on site which does what you would expect--separates the oil from the water. The oil is pumped into holding tanks, and the salt water is discharged either into a holding lagoon, or a drilled well back underground. I would suspect that the oil recovered from this spill could be used for anything that it would have been used for absent the spill.
Thanks A glimmer of good news - man I have been letting this depress me. This whoel thing is so sad in so may ways
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