British Tech Firm Offers to Clean Up Gulf Surface Oil - BP gives No Response
British environmental research and development firm, Ultra Green, has worked with US-based Algaeventure Systems (AVS) to develop an innovative oil spill clean-up product. It is a membrane that absorbs oil from the surface of the oil spill, much like a blotter would absorb ink. The oil can then be separated from the water for later sale. If used to clean up the BP oil spill, the companies plan to donate a portion of the profits from the sale of recovered oil to help the Gulf Coast communities most greatly affected by the oil spill. The cleaned water, of course, would be returned to the Gulf.
Ultra Green believes that the clean-up membrane can absorb up to 25,000 gallons of oil from the oil spill each day. The clean-up plan is to use as many as 170 local fishing boats to tow a type of frame with an attached membrane. The oil would be removed not only from the immediate surface, but also as far as about 15 feet below the Gulf surface.
Cool idea, yes. But don't hold your breathe. Although Ultra Green has approached BP about this innovative clean-up solution to the oil spill problem, they have yet to get a response.