Solutions to Oil Pollution: Past, Present, and Future
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Due to such major disasters as the break up of the oil tanker, Torrey Canyon, off the English coast and the Santa Barbara oil slick, the public has been roused to the threatening amount of oil being introduced into mans' marine environment. Public outcry has increased generally in the area of ecology and an environmental consciousness has become part of the American scene. This public awareness and concern has been the impetus for research, both in the laboratory and in the experimental divisions of major oil companies. I have attempted, through my survey thesis, to present an overlook of oil pollution solutions or attempts at solutions that have been used in the past and the methods and technology being researched and tested presently in an effort to compensate as efficiently and expediently as possible for the detrimental effects of oil in the oceans. I have surveyed the methods and the premises used in their implementation, the effectiveness of the techniques and the on-going research to devise more effective means to combat oil spillage. It must be realized from the onset that the only truly effective solution would be in the revamping of American priorities in this area to eliminate the increasing demand for oil due to mans' dedication to a technological and industrial society.