The Science & Technology Advisory Board of the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization (LAEO) herein presents a preview of its 44-page research paper entitled A Call for a Twenty-First-Century Solution in Oil Spill Response. The goal of this effort is to get safe, non-toxic, cost-effective, oil-spill response procedures adopted for all future incidents in U.S. navigable waters and around the world.
The material contained in this analysis and guide is a constructive offering for every oil company and every oil-producing nation in the world to better manage potentially contaminated ecosystems. This work brings a new analysis and assessment of oil-spill disaster response and offers effective alternative technologies for replacing toxic dispersant chemical application in an oil spill or deep-water drilling crisis like the 2010 BP blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It contains guidelines for the selection process for cleanup agents, along with an evaluation process (toxicity, effectiveness, speed, cost) that can be used to grade potential effectiveness of those agents toward removing spilled oil from the environment.