30 November 2010
Joe Rositano, Manager Commercial Marine Services, recently participated in an international observer program and believed that the response was executed very well with a key focus on protecting environmentally sensitive areas.
“The spill source was well over 100 kms out to sea and able to be contained away from many shorelines – this was a vital factor for the clean up of such a massive spill,” he said.
“The leaking oil was a light crude and degrades in the environment quite well, helped by natural bacteria that decompose it. Before man started drilling for oil here, natural seepage occurred and the environment has therefore already adapted.
“Most of the oil was captured at sea and dispersants deployed at the well-head worked well.
“Many media reports about the spill are generally exaggerated; the US Coast Guard and private companies, such as BP and Halliburton, are all working well together to tackle the spill.”
Joe supplied On Deck with a series of photographs that documented the clean up. Even more images and information can be found on the US Coast Guard and BP websites.