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Abbasova, A. et al. 2005. Evaluation of dispersants for use in the Azerbaijan region of the Caspian Sea. In 2005 International Oil Spill Conference; Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Restoration: May 15-19, 2005, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, Washington, D.C: American Petroleum Institute. pp. 247-252. URL
Open marine water (salinity 30-35‰) is the environment where dispersants are used most frequently in oil spill response. In the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea, offshore oil and gas reserves are being developed in areas where salinity ranges from 10 to 12‰. Because salinity can affect dispersant efficacy and toxicity, the effectiveness and aquatic toxicity of six commercially available dispersants were tested using Azerbaijan crude oil, Caspian species and 12‰ seawater. Effectiveness for the dispersants tested with Chirag crude oil and Caspian seawater ranged from 72% to 86%, using USEPA’s baffled flask test method. Dispersant toxicities were in the ranges: diatom (Chaetoceros tenuissimus) 72 hr EC50 (effective concentrations inhibiting growth rate by 50%) 18 to >100 mg/l; copepod (Calanipeda aquae dulcis) 48 hr LC50 (effective concentration for immobilizing 50% test organisms) 12 to 49 mg/l; amphipod (Pontogammarus maeoticus) 48 hr LC50 concentration lethal to 50% test organisms) 50 to >100 mg/l. For dispersant use, the key toxicity concern is that of dispersed oil, not dispersant. Aquatic toxicity was determined for water-accommodated fractions (WAFs) of Chirag crude in Caspian seawater. Toxicity results for the WAFs were: diatom 72 hr EC50 >10,000 mg/l nominal; copepod 48 hr LC50 3.9 mg/l; amphipod 48 hr LC50 >15 mg/l. Chirag crude was mixed with dispersant at 20:1 oil:dispersant ratio and resulting WAFs were tested for toxicity. Results were: diatom 72 hr EC50
© 2005 with permission from API
Abbiss, T.P.; Little, D.I.; Baker, J.M.; Tibbetts, P.J.C. 1981. The fate and effects of dispersant-treated crude oil compared with untreated oil: sheltered intertidal sediments. In Proceedings of the Arctic Marine Oil Spill Program Technical Seminar, June 16-18, 1981, Edmonton, Alberta, Ottawa, Ont: Research and Development Division, Environmental Emergency Branch Environmental Protection Service. pp. 401-443.
Abbot, F.S. 1983. Recent dispersant effectiveness test results. Spill Technology Newsletter, 8 (5): 113-114. ISSN: 0381-4459.
Abbot, F.S. 1983. A simple field effectiveness test for dispersants. Spill Technology Newsletter, 8 (5): 97-98. ISSN: 0381-4459.
Abbot, F.S. 1984. Guidelines on the use and acceptability of oil spill dispersants - 2nd edition. Spill Technology Newsletter, 9 (1): 6-10. ISSN: 0381-4459.
Abbot, R.A. 1972. Acceptability criteria and testing procedures for oil spill treating agents, Toronto, Ont: Environment Ontario, Ministry of the Environment, Industrial Wastes Branch. 15p.
Abdallah, R.I.; Mohamed, S.Z.; Ahmed, F.M. 2005. Effect of biological and chemical dispersants on oil spills. Petroleum Science and Technology, 23 (3-4): 463-474. ISSN: 1091-6466. doi:10.1081/LFT-200031065.
The aim of this work is to study the effect of different types of chemical and biological dispersants used for crude oil spill treatment. The dispersing efficiency of the different dispersants on the crude oil was determined for selecting the most effective one. The basic properties of crude oil participating in the efficiency of dispersion process as viscosity, pour point, wax content, asphaltene content, resin content, etc. were determined. Also the nature of the different dispersants on the dispersing process, studied by FT-IR analysis, showed the presence of the same effective functional groups but in different ratios. The hydrocarbons types distribution of crude oil undispersed and undispersed parts were used as a marker for the degree of dispersion and/or biodegradation.The lowest values of undispersed saturate indicate the highest degree of dispersion or biodegradation. The lower normal alkanes are much more dispersed than the higher ones. The enzyme showed a moderate efficiency for dispersing crude oil, and this efficiency increased by increasing the time of contact with oil which lead to the dispersion of higher molecular weight normal alkanes
© 2005, Reprinted with permission from Taylor & Francis http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a725289213~db=all~order=page
Abel, P.D. 1974. Toxicity of synthetic detergents to fish and aquatic invertebrates. Journal of Fish Biology, 6 (3): 279-298. ISSN: 0022-1112. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.1974.tb04545.x.
In a review of published research on toxicological effects of synthetic detergents, areas of consensus regarding exposure to marine organisms are illustrated. Acute toxicity occurs in fish exposed to concentrations between 0.4 and 40 mg/l. Gill damage is the most obvious trait, although internal effects that induce mortality are noted. Invertebrates at juvenile stages experience inhibited growth when exposed to concentrations below 0.1 mg/l. Sublethal exposure also effects invertebrate feeding behavior, inhibits chemoreceptor organs, and may lead to increased uptake of other pollutants. The influence of detergent/protein interaction on membrane permeability may be the source of the biological effects in organisms
Acton, K. 1971. Effects of Oil Pollution and Dispersant Usage on the Marine Environment, with Reference to Pacific Northwest Areas. (no publishing information available). 51 leaves.
Adams, C.E. 1974. A Method for the Separation of Oil From an Aqueous Oil-Detergent Solution Prior to IR Analysis, Part 2, White Oak, Md: Naval Ordinance Laboratory. 9p.
This report presents additional work on an analytical method for the determination of oil in water solutions in the presence of dissolved detergents. A previous report describes a method for the removal of the oil by a silica-gel treatment and the subsequent analysis of the oil in a CCI4 extract using an IR spectrophotometer. The work covered by this report is concerned with testing and improving the analytical method and working out a standard operating procedure
© CSA, 1976
Adams, G.G.; Klerks, P.L.; Belanger, S.E.; Dantin, D. 1999. The effect of the oil dispersant Omni-Clean® on the toxicity of fuel oil no. 2 in two bioassays with the sheepshead minnow Cyprinodon variegatus. Chemosphere, 39 (12): 2141-2157. ISSN: 0045-6535. doi:10.1016/S0045-6535(99)00135-6.
Bioassays (7-day early life stage and 96 h acute bioassays) were conducted with the sheepshead minnow, Cyprinodon variegates, to determine the toxicity of the dispersant Omni-Clean® by itself and in combination with fuel oil no. 2. Performance characteristics of both bioassay types were also compared. Bioassays used oil by itself, dispersant by itself, and oil and dispersant in various ratios. Omni-Clean® was less toxic than many other dispersants, and had a relatively small effect on individual biomass. Toxicities of the oil/dispersant combinations were generally higher than expected from the toxicities of the oil and dispersant by themselves, indicating a more-than-additive effect on toxicity. The comparison of performance characteristics between the 7-day and the 96-hour bioassays showed that the early Life stage test is generally more sensitive, and has the added advantage of an additional and sensitive endpoint (fish biomass)
Reprinted from Chemosphere, Volume 39, G.G Adams, P.L. Klerks, S.E. Belanger, D. Dantin, Copyright 1999, with permission from Elsevier
Addassi, Y.N.; Sowby, M.; Parker-Hall, H.; Robertson, W. 2005. Establishment of dispersant use zones in the state of California: a consensus approach for marine waters 3-200 nautical miles from shore. In 2005 International Oil Spill Conference: Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Restoration: May 15-19, 2005, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, Washington, D.C: American Petroleum Institute. pp. 187-191. URL
It has long been the policy of the National Response Team (NRT) that the appropriate use of dispersants as a first strike method of response to marine oil spills could greatly minimize the impacts of such spills. Beginning in early 2000, the Region IX Regional Response Team (RRT) evaluated the appropriateness of dispersant use for the State of California. In January 2001, the RRT signed into effect a dispersant use policy for the federal waters off the coast of California from 3200 nm offshore. These revisions to the Regional Contingency Plan provided a streamlined decision making process for dispersant use and designation of zone. Specifically, the plan called for each of the six local area committees to develop and forward recommendations for dispersant-use zone designations into one of three categories: pre-approval, pre-approval with consultation, or incident-specific RRT approval required. Each of the six local area committees utilized a modified Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) known as a Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) process to identify concerns and prioritize risk. Such an approach ensured consistency along the coast as well as provided a mechanism by which all points of view were considered. Utilizing a “what if” oil scenario, each on-water response option (no-response, dispersants, in situ burning, mechanical recovery) was evaluated for its ability to remove oil from the water surface and potential environmental impacts. A risk matrix allowed comparison between species and habitats. Participants were encouraged to share their concerns along with the key drivers for their response decisions, often allowing them to think outside their typical agency-centered framework. Based on seasonality and species of special concern, zones for dispersant use were designated as a means of providing protection to sensitive shorelines and on-water species. As of November 2002, the RRT has adopted Dispersant Use Zones for all designated off-shore waters. Current efforts are underway to incorporate the necessary dispersant planning information into the State and Federal Planning efforts. The response to the workshops was overwhelmingly positive. The NEBA/workshop approach facilitated the subsequent work undertaken by the U.S. Coast Guard and the RRT as in integral part of the implementation of the US-Mexico Agreement, further ensuring a coordinated bi-national oil spill response
© 2005 with permission from API
Addassi, Y.N.; Faurot-Daniels, E. 2005. California oil spill dispersant plan - achievement through cooperation. In 2005 International Oil Spill Conference; Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Restoration: May 15-19, 2005, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, Washington, D.C: American Petroleum Institute. pp. 433-437. URL
The use of dispersants in marine waters off California requires detailed foresight and planning. In an effort to expedite a decision to use dispersants and reduce first strike response time, the Region IX Regional Response Team tasked California’s Marine Area Committees to recommend dispersant approval zones. Each Area Committee conducted Net Environmental Benefit Analyses for their areas of responsibility, and from those analyses recommended dispersant zone designations to the U.S. Coast Guard and the Regional Response Team (RRT). All zone recommendations were approved by the RRT in July 2002, and development of the remaining elements of the dispersant plan began. Using primarily a model developed in NZ, the authors drafted a comprehensive dispersant use plan for the waters off California. The U.S. Coast Guard Captains of the Port in California reviewed the draft plan, and tested it during the April, 2004 Spill of National Significance (SONS) drill in southern California. The streamlined decision flowcharts, imbedded “decision boxes” and operational appendices with further instructions, forms and resource contact information, proved the California Dispersant Plan was a very intuitive and workable response decision tool. During the SONS drill, this greatly improved the ability of the Unified Command to make a decision regarding dispersant use, get the resources in place, and begin dispersant sorties within the operational “window” for dispersant use. It is expected that the same expedited and informed response process will serve California well during an actual oil spill response
© 2005 with permission from API
Ahsanullah, M.; Edwards, R.R.C.; Kay, D.G.; Negilski, D.S. 1982. Acute toxicity to the crab Paragrapsus quadridentatus (H. Milne Edwards), of Kuwait light crude oil, BP/AB dispersant, and an oil-dispersant mixture. Marine and Freshwater Research, 33 (3): 459-464. ISSN: 1323-1650. doi:10.1071/MF9820459.
The acute toxicity to P. quadridentatus, of Kuwait light crude oil, BP/AR dispersant and an oil-dispersant mixture was determined. Observed 96-h LC50 values averaged 1555 mg 1-1 for oil added to water. A statistically valid 96-h LC50 value for the dispersant was not obtained, but results indicated that a solution containing between 1300 and 2200 mg 1-1 might be expected to produce 50% mortality. A mixture of oil and dispersant in the ratio 4 : 1 gave an observed 96-h LC50 value of 96 mg 1-1, a 16-fold increase in toxicity over oil alone. The implications of the results are discussed
Reprinted from Marine and Freshwater Research, Volume 33, M. Ahsanullah, R.R.C. Edwards, D.G. Kay, D.S. Negilski; Copyright 1982 CSIRO Publishing
Aita, A.F. et al. 2003. Use of brine shrimp (Artemia) in dispersant toxicity tests: some caveats. In IOSC 2003 Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Restoration, Perspectives for a Cleaner Environment: April 6-11, 2003, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Washington, D.C: American Petroleum Institute. pp. 327-330. URL
Several Latin American countries currently use Artemia to evaluate the aquatic toxicity of dispersants. Test methods used to evaluate dispersant toxicity to Artemia are not uniform. The study reported here demonstrates how varying Artemia test conditions can significantly affect toxicity results for the dispersant Corexit® 9500. The type of seawater used in Artemia toxicity test affects 48 hour LC50 values for Corexit 9500 (lethal concentration for 50% of test organisms). Nominal LC50 values ranged from 35 to 147 ppm when natural seawater was used. Nominal LC50 values ranged from 29 to 39 ppm when a synthetic seawater prepared from Crystal Sea® Marinemix was used. Greater toxicity was observed when synthetic (reconstituted) seawater was prepared according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA, 1987) Artemia dispersant test guideline. Observed nominal LC50 values ranged from 8.4 to 14 ppm. Age of the Artemia nauplii is another test variable that can significantly affect toxicity results. The 48 hour nauplii showed greater toxicity to Corexit 9500 than 24 hour oil nauplii. In tests using two types of synthetic seawater (Coral Reef Red Sea Salt® and Crystal Sea® Marinemix at 20 °C, 20 ppt salinity), nominal LC50 values ranged from 29 to 68 ppm for 24 hour old nauplii; 48 hour old nauplii had LC50 values ranging from 9 to 27 ppm. Greater toxicity was also observed in 48 hour nauplii under different salinity and temperature (Red Sea, 25 °C, 33 to 35 ppt salinity). The LC50 values were 33 and 1.6 ppm for 24 and 48 hour nauplii respectively
© 2003 with permission from API
Akesson, B. 1975. Bioassay studies with polychaetes of the genus Ophryotrocha as test animals. Sublethal Effects of Toxic Chemicals on Aquatic Animals: Proceedings of the Swedish-Netherlands Symposium, Wageningen, The Netherlands, September 2-5, 1975, New York: Elsevier Scientific. pp. 121–135. ISBN: 0444413995.
The biological effects of oil dispersants, phenol, and waste water from 2 sulfate pulp mill have been studied. 2 Ophyrotrocha spp (O. labronica and O. diadema) and the archiannelid Dinophilus gyrociliatus have been employed as test animals. These small organisms are easily cultivated in the laboratory and all stages of the life cycle are available throughout the yr. The experimental design and the results are discussed
© CSA, 1976
Akintonwa, A.; Ebere, A.G. 1990. Toxicity of Nigerian crude oil and chemical dispersants to Barbus Sp. and Clarias Sp. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 45 (5): 729-733. ISSN: 0007-4861. doi:10.1007/BF01700993.
During an oil-spill, several contingency arrangements are made to limit environmental damages by the spilled oil. An acceptable method is the use of chemical dispersants which break up the oil slick into oil in water emulsions. These chemicals are widely used in our riverine areas during routine cleaning of oil spillage with little regards to their ecological impact on the environment. In order to assess the impact of oil spillage and several chemicals used in the cleaning operation, it was though necessary to study the toxicity of crude oil and chemical dispersant alone and when both are used in combinations. The present study also reports the potentiation of toxicity of crude oil by two chemical dispersants (Teepol and Conco-k) on Barbus fingerlings and Clarias eggs obtained from local fish ponds (Nigeria)
© CSA, 1990
Al-Mazidi, S.M.; Samhan, O. 1987. Oil spill incidents and dispersant applications in Kuwait. In Proceedings: 1987 Oil Spill Conference (Prevention, Behavior, Control, Cleanup), April 6-9, 1987, Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C: American Petroleum Institute. pp. 247-253.
Since the discovery of oil in Kuwait, most oil-related activities have been located along the coastline 50 km south of Kuwait City. Other related industrial activities have been developed in this area apart from oil and petroleum products export in order to diversify the national sources of income. For these reasons, the potential for large oil spills in Kuwait’s marine environment is highest along the south coast, where oil refineries and exporting facilities are located. An average of 219 barrels of oil were spilled annually between 1979 and 1985, and 2,100 gallons of dispersants were used in cleanup operations. The majority of incidents involved less than 5 barrels of oil and 500 gallons of dispersants. Incidents involving more than 100 barrels of oil and 5,000 gallons of dispersants were confined to the Sea Island and Mina Al-Ahmadi North and South Piers. This distribution undoubtedly affects the concentration of petroleum residues in various components of the marine environment, resulting in an increase in tar ball density along this coast, reaching a maximum at Ras Az-Zor, and significantly higher levels of vanadium and petroleum hydrocarbons in sediments and oysters collected south of Mina Al-Ahmadi. The objective of this paper is to report on the number, volume, and frequency distribution of oil spill incidents in Kuwait and the usage of dispersants in cleanup operations. Vandium and petroleum hydrocarbons concentrations also are described as the sensitivity of the southern coastal environment to oil spills. Recommendations have been made on how to conduct cleanup operations for any future oil spill incidents along the southern shoreline of Kuwait
© 1987 with permission from API
Al-Sabagh, A.M.; Atta, A.M. 1999. Water-based non-ionic polymeric surfactants as oil spill dispersants. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 74 (11): 1075-1081. ISSN: 0268-2575. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1097-4660(199911)74:11<1075::AID-JCTB125>3.0.CO;2-3.
Al-Sabagh, A.M.; El-Hamouly, S.H.; Atta, A.M.; El-Din, M.R.N.; Gabr, M.M. 2007. Synthesis of some oil spill dispersants based on sorbitol esters and their capability to disperse crude oil on seawater to alleviate its accumulation and environmental impact. Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology, 28 (5): 661-670. ISSN: 0193-2691. doi:10.1080/01932690701341751.
In this respect mono-, di-, and tri- sorbitol oleate esters [SMO, SDO, and STO] were prepared and then ethoxylated using ethylene oxide to obtain six sorbitol esters at different ethylene oxide content (e.o=5, 12, 15, 20, 35, and 45). They were tested as oil spill dispersants individually and in blends. From the obtained data, it was found that the blends are more effective than the corresponding individual surfactants. The maximum dispersion capability for the prepared surfactants was obtained at HLB range from 9 to 11 for the both individual surfactants and blends. The increase of total carbon number in the surfactant alkyl group leads to increase dispersion capability of the dispersant. The wide range of ethylene oxide content was used, but the maximum dispersion efficiency was obtained at ethylene oxide=20 in E(20)STO. Meanwhile, the dispersion capability increases when the interfacial tension decreases
© 2007, Reprinted with permission from Taylor & Francis http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a779375035~db=all~order=page
Alaska Regional Response Team Dispersant Working Group. 1991. Alaska RRT Dispersant Workshop Feb. 5-7, 1991 Anchorage: Prince William Sound Scenario, Anchorage, Ak: Alaska Regional Response Team Dispersant Working Group. 208p.
Alaska. Oil Spill Response Center. 1990. Corexit 9580: Report and Recommendations, Juneau, Ak: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Oil Spill Response Center. 11p..
Albers, P.H. 1979. Effects of Corexit 9527 on the hatchability of mallard eggs. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 23 (4-5): 661-668. ISSN: 0007-4861. doi:10.1007/BF01770022.
Oil, Corexit 9527, and mixtures of oil/Corexit at a 5:1 ratio were applied to mallard embryos to determine pollutant effects on hatching success and weight of hatchlings. Corexit/oil mixtures negatively affected hatching success, suggesting that the dispersant speeded the lethal effect of the oil. Corexit/oil mixtures also had an impact of hatchling weight when compared to those exposed to oil or dispersant alone
Albers, P.H.; Gay, M.L. 1982. Effects of a chemical dispersant and crude oil on breeding ducks. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 29 (4): 404-411. ISSN: 0007-4861. doi:10.1007/BF01605603.
A widely used chemical oil dispersant, Corexit 9527 (Exxon Chemical Company U.S.A.), when applied to the egg shell in small amounts (5 and 20 mu l), is as toxic to mallard (Anas platyrhynchos ) embryos as crude oil itself. However, nothing is known about the effects of oil chemically dispersed in water on bird eggs or on the nesting behavior of breeding birds; nor is it known if dispersants can keep oil from adhering to birds. This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of Corexit 9527 and crude oil sprayed with Corexit 9527 on breeding mallard ducks
© CSA, 1982
Albers, P.H. 1984. Effects of oil and dispersants on birds. In Proceedings of the 1984 Region 9 Oil Dispersants Workshop, 7-9 February, 1984, Santa Barbara, California, (no publishing information available). pp. 101-110.
Albers, P.H. 1979. Oil dispersants and wildlife. Proceedings of the 1979 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pollution Response Workshop, 8-10 May 1979, St. Petersburg, Florida, Washington, D.C: Environmental Contaminant Evaluation Program, Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior. pp. 67-72.
Albone, D.J.; Kinnlewhite, M.G.; Sansom, L.E.; Morris, P.R. 1989. The Storage Stability of Oil Spill Dispersants, Stevenage, U.K: Warren Spring Laboratory. 40p. ISBN: 0856245305.
Allen, A.A. 1986. Alaska clean seas development of a chemical application manual. In Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Arctic and Marine Oilspill Program Technical Seminar. Seminar Sponsored by Conservation and Protection, Environment Canada, June 10-12, 1986, Edmonton, Alberta, Ottawa, Ont: Beauregard Press. pp. 563-580. ISBN: 0662148126.
Allen, A.A.; Dale, D.H. 1995. Dispersant mission planner: a computerized model for the application of chemical dispersants on oil spills. In Proceedings, Eighteenth Arctic Marine Oil Spill Program Technical Seminar, June 14-16, 1995, West Edmonton Mall Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Ottawa, Ont: Environment Canada. pp. 393-414.
Allen, T.E. 1985. New concepts in spraying dispersants from boats. In Proceedings: 1985 Oil Spill Conference, (Prevention, Behavior, Control, Cleanup), February 25-28, 1985, Los Angeles, California, Washington, D.C: American Petroleum Institute. pp. 3-6.
A new approach to applying chemical dispersants from boats has been developed. The equipment has a greater swath width and, thus, greater coverage rates than existing technology. Coverage rates of 2½ square miles per day per boat are likely and four or more square miles per day is possible. The method utilizes high speed fans which create a focused air stream with maximum velocities of 90 miles per hour. Dispersant is injected into and propelled by the air stream. With the air stream acting as a carrier for the dispersant, the spraying of smaller volumes of concentrate dispersant or dilute dispersant over a wide swath width is made possible. The focused air stream and dispersant impacts the water surface in approximately a straight line. The water surface is gently agitated by the air stream and liquid impact. A dispersant fan sprayer has been built and tested statically on land and demonstrated offshore on a supply vessel while spraying water. Design parameters include fan size, air stream velocity, expected swath width, and concentrate (low volume) versus dilute (large volume) spraying
© 1985 with permission from API
Allen, T.E. 1978. Apparatus for application of chemical dispersants in an open sea. Chemical Dispersants for the Control of Oil Spills: A Symposium, Philadelphia, Pa: American Society for Testing and Materials. pp. 266-276. ISBN: 0465900024.
A chemical dispersant spraying system for use on seagoing workboats has been developed. Using two spray booms, the system can spray a path up to 60 ft. wide at a speed of 8 knots, thus covering approximately 67 acres per hour. The design is based on the use of “self-mix surfactant,” which requires little mixing energy for effective dispersion of the oil slick. Three of these systems have been completed for Clean Atlantic Associates, an oil spill cleanup cooperative. The system is made up of an apparatus for deploying and supporting two 30 ft spray booms, a 45 hp pump skid for pumping a mixture of seawater and dispersant, and a Marine Portable 500 gal tankage for storing the dispersants. The spray apparatus is designed to be attached to the bow of the boat. This allows the boom to spray the mixture of seawater and dispersant ahead of the bow wake. Subsequent mixing energy is provided by the bow wake. When not using a self-mix dispersant, additional mixing energy can be provided by breaker boards; however, these are not included in the system. Seawater is drawn from an overboard suction line, proportioned with the chemical dispersant at a typical ratio of 33 to 1, and pumped at a high pressure (90 to 100 psi) through fan-type nozzles. The entire system is readily adaptable to various sizes and shapes of vessels, and operates independently of the vessel to which it is mounted
© ASTM International. Used with permission of ASTM International
Alpine Geophysical Associates. 1971. Oil Pollution Incident, Platform Charlie, Main Pass Block 41 Field, Louisiana, Washington, D.C: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Quality Office. 134p.
Alzieu, C. 1972. Choice of products for use against the pollution of the marine environment by oil spills. III. Relative toxicity of antipetroleum products on two marine organisms. Revue des Travaux de l'Institut des Pêches Maritimes, 36 (1): 103-119. ISSN: 0035-2276.
The necessity to combat oil slicks makes it necessary to assess the relative effectiveness and toxicity of dispersal agents used. This is usually done by using individual or groups of indicator organisms. The theory behind the various approaches is outlined, and some considerations are listed for the choice of technique. 2 organisms were chosen - the Portuguese oyster (Crassostrea), and the phytoplankton alga Phaeodactylum tricornutum Bohlin, on which if feeds - and the oyster closing reaction, and level of inhibition of growth under the influence of irritant products was measured. Methods are described, and the results shown for emulsifying, agglomerating and precipitating products. The results are discussed, and the mode of interference of the products suggested. Products were allotted a 'coefficient of effectiveness', and one emulsifier, 5 agglomerants and 4 precipitants are concluded to be of use. It is noted that they may have different effects on other species
© CSA, 1973
America North, Inc. 1990. Disk Island Shoreline Treatment Study Using COREXIT 9580: Chemical Fate of Petroleum Hydrocarbons, Florham Park, N.J: Exxon Research and Engineering Company. 82 leaves.
American Petroleum Institute. 1985. Oil Spill Response: Options for Minimizing Adverse Ecological Impacts, Washington, D.C: American Petroleum Institute. 98p. ISBN: 0893640549.
American Petroleum Institute. 1987. Developing Criteria for Advance Planning for Dispersant Use, Washington, D.C: American Petroleum Institute. 42p.
Anderlini, V.C. et al. 1981. Distribution of hydrocarbons in the oyster, Pinctada margaratifera, along the coast of Kuwait. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 12 (2): 57-62. ISSN: 0025-326X. doi:10.1016/0025-326X(81)90261-7.
Concentrations of total hydrocarbons within the boiling point range of the alkanes n-C14 and n-C32 were determined in oysters, Pinctada margaratifera, from coastal waters of Kuwait. Levels of petroleum-derived hydrocarbons were highest in an area adjacent to the major oil loading facilities. Whether the use of dispersants to treat minor spills increases levels of incorporation of petroleum compounds into the food webs could not be concluded from the data of this study. Levels of total petroleum-type hydrocarbons in the oysters at this site were equivalent to those in mussels, Mytilus sp., from harbours, bays and urban coastal areas of California. The Kuwaiti oysters lacked a C28 pentacyclic triterpane that was present in extracts of mussels from southern California that had been recently exposed to a minor spill or to a natural seepage. Levels of DDE and PCB were comparable to those in relatively unpolluted areas of North America
Reprinted from Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 12, V.C. Anderlini, L. Al-Harmi, B.W. De Lappe, R.W. Risebrough, W. Walker, II, B.R.T. Simoneit, A.S. Newton, Copyright 1981, with permission from Elsevier
Andersen, J.; Brottfos, B.; Ly, J. 2000. The nature of the spillage problem for oils and chemicals. In Interspill 2000 International Conference and Exhibition. A New Millennium - a New Approach to Spill Response: Spill on Water Surfaces, Shoreline and Inland; Brighton, UK, 28-30 November 2000, London: Institute of Petroleum. pp. 61-85. ISBN: 0852933177.
Anderson, J.W. 1989. Toxicity of dispersants and dispersed oil for marine animals. Oil and Dispersant Toxicity Testing: Proceedings of a Workshop on Technical Specifications held in New Orleans, January 17-19, 1989, New Orleans, La: U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Regional Office. pp. 85-88.
Anderson, J.W.; Neff, J.M.; Cox, B.A.; Hightower, G.M. 1974. Characteristics of dispersions and water-soluble extracts of crude and refined oils and their toxicity to estuarine crustaceans and fish. Marine Biology, 27 (1): 75-88. ISSN: 0025-3162. doi:10.1007/BF00394763.
Four oils (South Louisiana crude, Kuwait crude, No. 2 fuel oil and bunker C residual oil) were tested to establish qualitative hydrocarbon fractions and behavior in seawater either as water-soluble fractions or as oil-in-water dispersions. Water-soluble fractions showed more light aliphatics and single-ring aromatics in composition, while refined oils had higher concentrations of naphthalenes in oil-in-water dispersions. In exposure experiments using six test species, the water-soluble fractions and oil-in-water dispersions of refined oils were more toxic than the crude oils tested. The species were ranked from least sensitive to most sensitive: Cyprinodon variegates, Menidia beryllina, Fundulus similes, Penaeus aztecus ipostlarvae, Palaemonetes pugio and Mysidopsis almyra
Anderson, J.W.; McQuerry, D.L.; Kiesser, S.L. 1985. Laboratory evaluation of chemical dispersants for use on oil spills at sea. Environmental Science and Technology, 19 (5): 454-457. ISSN: 0013-936X. doi:10.1021/es00135a012.
Data on toxicity and effectiveness of 14 chemical dispersants were combined in a straightforward equation to provide an overall assessment of the relative merits of the oil spill chemicals. When a decision is made by regional response authorities to mitigate the damage of spilled oil to the shoreline, our findings should aid in the selection of an effective low toxicity product. Products were evaluated by using standard toxicity tests with a mysid shrimp (Mysidopsis bahia) and a standard effectiveness test using the Mackay-Nadeau-Steelman (MNS) apparatus. Ratios of dispersant to oil required to maintain 90% dispersions of oil in seawater (15 °C and 30%) with a standard mixing energy (1.0 in. of water pressure) of air flow were derived for each chemical by using Prudhoe Bay crude oil. Toxicity tests with M. bahia were conducted at 25 °C and 25% by using freshly hatched juveniles (15 per concentration times 5 concentrations) in small dishes in an incubator
Reproduced with permission from Environmental Science and Technology, Volume 19, J.W. Anderson, D.L. McQuerry, S.L. Kiesser. Copyright 1985 American Chemical Society
Anderson, J.W.; Kiesser, S.L.; Bean, R.M.; Riley, R.G.; Thomas, B.L. 1981. Toxicity of chemically dispersed oil to shrimp exposed to constant and decreasing concentrations in a flowing system. In Proceedings: 1981 Oil Spill Conference (Prevention, Behavior, Control, Cleanup), March 2-5, 1981, Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C: American Petroleum Institute. pp. 69-75.
The shrimp Pandalus danae was exposed, in a flowing system, to a water extract of Prudhoe Bay crude oil and to chemically dispersed dilutions of this oil. Mortality produced over a period of 10 hours to 9 days was followed to the point of 50 percent survival in each tank. The product of time to 50 percent mortality (in days) and the measured concentration (in parts per million (ppm)) in each tank was used to describe the toxicity of the solutions. This toxicity index (ppm-days) was 4.5 times higher in the winter and fall than in spring and summer tests with the same oil extract. In the warmer months, when shrimp were more sensitive, oil dispersed with chemicals was about half as toxic as the seawater extract of the oil. Differences in the concentrations of specific petroleum hydrocarbons in the seawater extract and the chemically dispersed oil aid in explaining the toxicity observed. Toxic aromatics represent 98 percent of the extract but only 67 percent of the dispersed oil since the latter is enriched with droplets of oil containing 33 percent saturated and other insoluble components. Linear dilution of dispersed oil to zero in 26 hours resulted in toxicity indices quite similar to those produced in constant exposure
© 1981 with permission from API
Anderson, J.W.; Kiesser, S.L.; McQuerry, D.L.; Riley, R.G.; Fleischmann, M.L. 1984. Toxicity testing with constant or decreasing concentrations of chemically dispersed oil. Oil Spill Chemical Dispersants: Research, Experience and Recommendations. A Symposium Sponsored by ASTM Committee F-20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response, West Palm Beach, Florida, October 12-13, 1982, Philadelphia, Pa: American Society for Testing and Materials. pp. 14-22. ISBN: 0803104006.
An exposure system and method of quantifying toxicity were developed to provide an estimate of the effects of dispersed oil on marine organisms under a variety of exposure conditions. Results of constant concentration exposures (for hours or days) can be compared to those of diluting exposures (decreasing to zero in 8 or 24 h) on a basis of the “toxicity index.” This index is equal to the total exposure when time in hours or days is multiplied by the concentration at each hour (ppm·hr) or ppm·days). Tests have been conducted with shrimp (Pandulus danae), two oils (Prudhoe Bay crude and a light Arabian crude), and two dispersants. There is a seasonal pattern to the tolerance of the shrimp. Tests in the colder months (fall/winter) produce toxicity indices approximately three times higher than summer/spring values. Testing shrimp with Prudhoe Bay crude oil and a chemical dispersant during the fall/winter season, we found constant and 24-h dilution exposures produced toxicity indices of 11 (±1.1 standard error) and 10 (±0.6 standard error) ppm·days, respectively. During the fall/winter season (greatest tolerance), tests with Prudhoe Bay crude and two different chemical dispersants produced toxicity indices for P. danae of 10 (±0.6) and 12 (±1.1) ppm·days. During tests in summer, there was also little difference observed when the toxicity of the light Arabian oil was compared to that of Prudhoe Bay crude (2.3 and 3.4 ppm·days, respectively). The usefulness of our methods is that in addition to the comparisons already noted, it is possible to predict the outcome of dispersant application under varying environmental conditions
© ASTM International. Used with permission of ASTM International
Anderson, J.W.; Vanderhorst, J.R.; Kiesser, S.L.; Fleischmann, M.L.; Fellingham, G.W. 1984. Recommended methods for testing the fate and effects of dispersed oil in marine sediments. Oil Spill Chemical Dispersants: Research, Experience and Recommendations. A Symposium Sponsored by ASTM Committee F-20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response, West Palm Beach, Florida, October 12-13, 1982, Philadelphia, Pa: American Society for Testing and Materials. pp. 224-238. ISBN: 0803104006.
Tests have been conducted to determine the extent of dispersed oil sorption on sediments and retention of this association when seawater is flushed through the substrate. Sediment beds were prepared where dispersed oil in seawater was allowed to percolate down through the sand. Water concentrations of dispersed oil were determined before and after percolation. Distribution of oil in sediments was shown to be very patchy and not suitable for quantitating effects on benthic species. Eighty-three percent of the oil remained in the top 3 cm during this process. Additional tests in special cores showed that sediments containing dispersed oil would release about 40% of the oil when seawater flowed from the bottom of the core up through the bed of sand. Based on the fact that most of the dispersed oil is held in the 3 cm of substrate when water is drained completely through the sediment, it is recommended that exposure systems be designed with a layer (2 to 3 cm) of contaminated substrate on top of clean sediment. Fiberglass trays (with mesh bottoms) were prepared in this manner and exposures initiated in both subtidal and intertidal areas in Sequim Bay, Washington. The alterations in hydrocarbon component composition during the exposure periods will be described. Biological responses measured in these studies were the growth of small clams and the recruitment of multiple benthic species
© ASTM International. Used with permission of ASTM International
Anderson, J.W.; Kiesser, S.L.; McQuerry, D.L.; Fellingham, G.W. 1985. Effects of oil and chemically dispersed oil in sediments on clams. In Proceedings: 1985 Oil Spill Conference, (Prevention, Behavior, Control, Cleanup), February 25-28, 1985, Los Angeles, California, Washington, D.C: American Petroleum Institute. pp. 349-353.
Several field experiments with natural sediments in the intertidal zone were conducted over a two-year period to compare the effects of Prudhoe Bay crude oil and this same oil dispersed with Corexit® 9527 (1 part Corexit to 10 parts oil). The clams used were Protothaca staminea and Macoma inquinata. Exposure periods ranged from one to six months. In a one-month exposure to about 2,000 parts per million (ppm) total oil in sediments, survival of P. staminea was two to three times greater than that of M. inquinata, and both species exhibited lower tolerance to oil alone in sediment than dispersed oil at the same concentration. Dispersed oil in this 30-day exposure also produced a decrease (compared to field controls) in the concentration of some of the free amino acids in the tissues of M. inquinata. Four- and six-month field exposures of small P. staminea to sediment containing oil or dispersed oil (about 2,000 ppm) reduced growth in both oil treatments (four-month exposure) or in just the chemically dispersed oil treatment (six-month exposure). In the latter experiment initial petroleum concentrations in the surface sediments (top 3 centimeters) were higher (about 3,000 ppm) for the dispersed oil than for oil alone. Surface layers in both conditions were free of contamination (down to 6 cm) after six months
© 1985 with permission from API
Anderson, J.W.; Riley, R.; Kiesser, S.; Gurtisen, J. 1987. Toxicity of dispersed and undispersed Prudhoe Bay crude oil fractions to shrimp and fish. In Proceedings: 1987 Oil Spill Conference (Prevention, Behavior, Control, Cleanup), April 6-9, 1987, Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C: American Petroleum Institute. pp. 235-240.
Many previous studies of oil toxicity used high oil concentrations and water soluble fractions (WSF). The aim of this study was to approximate field conditions, in which weathering and chemical dispersions reduce the volatile fractions of spilled crude oil. The objective was to determine the extent of toxicity reduction produced by decreased concentrations of monoaromatics and diaromatics. The study measured the relative toxicity of fresh Prudhoe Bay crude (PBC) oil and two distillation fractions (Stage I and Stage II) and their chemical dispersions to the shrimp Pandalus danae and the fish Ammodytes hexapterus (sand lance). The hydrocarbon composition of three oils, the WSF of the oils, and the chemical dispersions were measured. Distillation of fresh PBC oil produced a State I oil containing very low amounts of monaromatics (benzene and alkylbenzenes) but with the diaromatics relatively unchanged. Further distillation produced a State II oil which contained only higher molecular weight aromatics of three rings (phenanthrenes) and greater. Saturate hydrocarbons with corresponding boiling points also were removed. Bioassays on shrimp with dispersed oils showed that the removal of monoaromatics (State I) reduced toxicity about sevenfold. The WSF of Stage I oil and both WSF and dispersions of Stage II oil were not toxic to shrimp. Toxicity from fresh PBC oil WSF and dispersions was likely the result of the combination of monoaromatic and diaromatic compounds. Sand lance (Ammodytes hexapterus) mortality did not correlate with the aromatic content of the oils, but appeared to be affected by dispersed oil droplets of all three oils to about the same degree. The fish were more resistant to dispersed oil than the shrimp (higher toxicity index). However, when latent mortality is considered, the data show that the fish may be more sensitive than shrimp to dispersed oil
© 1987 with permission from API
Anderson, J.W.; Kiesser, S.L.; Bean, R.M.; Riley, R.G.; Thomas, B.L. 1980. Toxicity of chemically dispersed oil to shrimp exposed to constant and decreasing concentrations in a flowing system. In Proceedings of the Arctic Marine Oil Spill Program Technical Seminar: June 3-5, 1980, Edmonton, Alberta, Ottawa, Ont: Research and Development Division, Environmental Emergency Branch, Environmental Protection Service. pp. 190-206.
Anon. 1970. Using chemicals for cleaning up oil spills. Ocean Industry, 5 (8): 35-40. ISSN: 0029-8026.
For each of the following methods which employ chemicals to clean up oil spills in ocean, lake, and river waters, the process is explained and available products are described--sorbants, dispersants, oxidation and biodegradation, and jelling and polymerization. The Federal Water Quality Administration policy on the use of chemicals to treat floating oils is given
Anon. 1974. Clearance of oil pollution. Oil Pollution Newsletter. Number 5, Stevenage, U.K: Warren Spring Laboratory. 32p.
Anon. 1977. Use of dispersants at sea. Pollution Monitor, no.35 (no page information available). ISSN: 0308-5414.
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