Environmental Enlightenment #205
By Ami Adini - October 1, 2013

This is a SHORT, LIGHT and SIMPLE newsletter. Its purpose is to rekindle in the initiated terminology they have once learned, and enlighten the uninitiated on terms they may have heard but never knew the meaning of.

The Ultimate Solution to Petroleum Spills

In the case of oil spills on seas and other bodies of water, the ultimate goal must be a breakup of the oil on the molecular level and complete conversion to carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O).

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We search for a product that is all natural, a combination of biological surfactants (detergents), nutrients and enzymes, and we find Oil Spill Eater II (OSE II).

See www.osei.us.

Oil Spill International Corp educates us on OSE II as an environmentally safe cleanup method that uses nature’s own bioremediation processes to eliminate hazardous materials. It informs us that that OSE II is a biological enzyme that converts the waste into a natural food source for the enhanced native bacteria found in the environment. The end result of this process is CO2 and water.

We tried it in our improvised field lab.

We created a spill of crude oil in freshly collected seawater:

And I sprayed it with a 50:1 solution of OSE II in seawater

The slick begins to break up:

We wanted to accelerate the experiment. We created a new spill, half an ounce of crude oil into 10 gallons of fresh seawater, and we increased the OSE II dose.

Day 0 at 0 minutes:
Spill and spray

Day 0 at 25 minutes after application:
The oil molecular structure is breaking down

Day 1:
The oil is completely broken down to small particles (micelles)

Day 2:
The oil is completely solubilized and the enhanced bacteria can be seen on the oil

Day 4:
Oil is rapidly being digested to CO2 and water

Day 5:
Oil predominantly digested to CO2 and water

Day 8:
We mix the content and collect and analyze a sample. The oil mass has decreased 87%: only 13% is left.

Day 13:
Clear water (black carbon dregs beneficial for the environment)

Day 16:
Sample Test Results − Not Detected (ND)
Oil mass reduced 100% (probably by Day 13)

Oil spills on land and water can be immediately harmful to public health, safety and the environment. In the least they become nuisance to the well-being of communities.

Nothing beats a solution that is entirely on the level of nature-made nutrients and enzymes that are consumed by native bacteria that get to work on the oil, bacteria that disappear when the job is done.

We have the stuff that does it.

Shouldn’t we go for it?

You can find past issues of "Environmental Enlightenment" at www.amiadini.com with wealth of information about issues concerning assessment and cleanup of contamination in the subsurface soil and groundwater.

Call me if you have any questions. There are no obligations.

Ami Adini
Ami Adini & Associates, Inc.
Environmental Consultants
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818-824-8102; 818-824-8112 fax

Ami Adini is a mechanical engineer, California Registered Environmental Assessor, Level II, and president of AMI ADINI & ASSOCIATES, INC. (AA&A), an environmental consulting firm specializing in all phases of environmental site assessments and rehabilitation of contaminated sites. AA&A specializes in practical solutions to environmental concerns using the highest standards of ethics and integrity while providing its clients with maximum return on their investments.