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Cleanup of open water spill in a mine

We received a request for SpillRemed (Industrial) from Kemess Mine located in the rocky mountains in Canada. The mine was so inaccessible that it took almost 10 days for the shipment to reach the customer. The company had a diesel spill in the containment berm and as per the standard protocol absorbent booms were placed to recover the spill, but unfortunately the boom absorbed water and sank at the bottom releasing all the spilled oil and the mine had only SpillRemed on hand to treat the spilled oil. This open water spill in a mine was cleaned up using SpillRemed under most unfavorable environment conditions. The temperatures were below 0 C and it was raining throughout the period of treatment. However, SpillRemed went beyond the call of duty and cleaned up the spill and oil free water was then discharged into the waste stream. Under normal weather conditions a similar spill would have been remediated in 3 weeks or less but under the extreme cold conditions existing at the time, it took 6 weeks for the cleanup and discharge the water in the waste stream. The cost for the cleanup was less than $ 500.00 and required minimum supervision with no waste for disposal.

Diesel Oil Spill in contained water in berm

There was a fuel oil spill from the tanks into the surrounding water as can be seen by a light sheen over the water. The volume of spill was not very large but the area of the spill was very large and the the volume of water in the berm. Only option available for the operators was to absorb the spilled oil using a boom and unfortunately it sank releasing more oil.

Another view of the berm after 6 weeks

One more view of the containment berm showing water free from oil before discharge.

Magnified view of the spill

The oil spill seen from the close a magnified view.

Spill after spray with SpillRemed

The photograph shows a change in the color from dark to lighter due to the effect of bacterial action in SpillRemed (Industrial)

Six weeks later water is clear

Only two applications of SpillRemed (Industrial) were made and bacteria continued to work on the spill even under temperatures below freezing. At the end of 6 weeks water was free from any sheen or trace of oil and was discharged into the waste stream. As SpillRemed is effective in the ratio of 1 gallon to 10 gallons of fuel the total cost for the product was less than $ 500.00 US Dollars and with no supervision or any additional costs for disposal.

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