Dispersants in Oil Spill Response

Dispersants in Oil Spill Response

POSTED: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 3:05pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 4:47pm

When prevention efforts fail and oil spills on the water, spill responders face a difficult battle against a dynamic and ever-changing opponent.

Dispersant use is one of several tools that may be employed, individually or in combination, to minimize consequences of the spill.

Only the Federal On-Scene Coordinator may approve dispersant use. Unauthorized use of dispersants or detergents on navigable waters is illegal.