Our current focus:

  • To Technologically Advance Oil Spill Response & Maritime Pollution Protections
  • To Help Oil Industry and Government Regulators Implement Spill Response Solutions
  • To Education Industry and Government Leaders about Improved Spill Response Systems


      Our Analyses and Environmental Solutions Research is:

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  • Science-Based
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  • Designed to help Industry and Environmental stakeholders

The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization Science and Technology Committee and its research teams investigate and publish information and analyses  intended to open doors to better environmental policy, protection and restoration practices.

We are proud to present the 2014 updated edition of our solutions paper entitled:

A Call for a 21st Century Solution in Oil Spill Response.



LAEO revised and updated in September 2014 to reflect additional peer reviews by environmental science and oil spill response professionals and to update the Bioremediation Fact Sheet revisions and recommendations for Regional Response Teams and interagency stakeholders.

A Preview of this work is available for download at the upper right of this page.

This research covers an in-depth study of the results and consequences of current oil spill treatments and provides guidance for adopting solutions that are non-toxic, safe for responders, the environment and marine life. One solution explored  has been in existence for 25 years and successfully used on thousands of spills throughout the world.  However, until now, regulatory guidance information on its application was 14 years out of date.

The guidance material contained in this work is a constructive offering for every oil-producing country in the world and associated industry members who have mutual concerns for their potentially contaminated ecosystems. Its recommendations have been adopted as an alternative for chemical dispersant use in numerous countries and by major industry stakeholders with now several instances of successful use in large-scale open water/ocean cleanups on spills of significance.


While considerable presentations have been made by many covering the lessons learned from the Gulf of Mexico BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, this paper advances considerably different thinking on the subject with practical solutions that have gained wide consensus from oil spill response professionals in many key oil-producing regions of the world. This new perspective makes for an easily implemented change in spill cleanup methodology, without added expense or newly built deployment systems raising the bar in Clean Water Act standards with economically viable solutions.

Written and compiled by the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization’s (LAEO) Science and Technology Advisory Board, the oil spill solutions paper includes:

  • An understanding of the Clean Water Act
  • Identification of misguidance in the U.S. National Contingency Plan (NCP), which has been clouding On-Scene Coordinator decision making and cleanup results
  • Common misconceptions about bioremediation agents
  • Corrected science guidance related to bioremediation techniques, NCP category definitions, and modes of action in marine and freshwater environments
  • Identification of non-toxic methods for updating contingency plans including:
    • How to assess spill cleanup products
    • Feasibility assessment criteria
    • Alternatives to chemical dispersants

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