The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup 3rd Edition
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The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup 3rd Edition

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Author of The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup

Merv Fingas, M.Sc., MBA, Ph.D., has worked for more than 38 years in the field of oil spill technology. He was chief of Environment Canada’s Environmental Emergencies Technology Centre in Ottawa for more than 30 years.

Over the years, he has conducted research in spill dynamics and behavior; studies of spill treating agents; in-situ burning of oil; and oil spill chemistry and analysis.

Dr. Fingas earned his doctorate in environmental sciences from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He also holds master’s degrees in science and in business from the University of Ottawa in Ontario; and a bachelor's degree in arts and technical training both in machining and in electronics.

Dr. Fingas has authored or coauthored more than 800 technical reports and papers on various aspects of oil or chemical research.

These include topics such as oil emulsion formation, oil evaporation, treating agent testing and use, studies of oil analysis and fingerprinting, in-situ burning of oil, oil spill remote sensing, and personal protection equipment.

This will be his seventh book. In addition to being a reviewer for numerous journals, Dr. Fingas is also on many editorial boards for scientific journals including the Journal of Hazardous Materials, the Journal of Micro-Column Separations, and the International Journal of BioSciences and Technology.

He was an editor of the Journal of Hazardous Materials for a 6-year term, which recently ended. He is chairman of the in-situ oil spill burning subcommittee of ASTM F-20 on hazardous materials and chairman of the treating agent subcommittee and the remote sensing subcommittee of the same organization.

Dr. Fingas has been a member of several United States Academy of Science committees on oil spill topics.

Oil Spill Cleanup Contents

  • Oil Spills: Why Do They Happen and How Often?
  • Response to Oil Spills
  • Types of Oil and Their Properties
  • The behavior of Oil in the Environment
  • Analysis, Detection, and Remote Sensing of Oil Spills
  • Containment on Water
  • Oil Recovery on Water
  • Separation, Pumping, Decontamination, and Disposal
  • Spill-Treating Agents
  • In-Situ Burning
  • Shoreline Cleanup and Restoration
  • Oil Spills on Land 
  • Effects of Oil Spills on the Environment

Preface to The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup PDF

This book is a revised and expanded edition of The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup, which was first published by Environment Canada in 1978 and subsequently revised in 2000 by the present author.

With the rapid progress in cleanup technology since that time, another edition was certainly needed. This third edition is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the cleanup and control of oil spills.

It is aimed at both the general public and those who actually deal with the cleanup of oil spills, although it is not intended to serve as a field manual. The cleanup of oil spills that occur on the water is emphasized since these spills spread most rapidly and cause the most visible environmental damage.

The book deals primarily with crude oils and petroleum products derived from crude oils. In addition to cleanup techniques, the book covers how oil spills are measured and detected, and the properties of the oil and its long-term fate in the environment.

The effects of an oil spill on the environment and the effectiveness of cleanup and control vary significantly with the type of oil spilled. The types of oil are reviewed to help the reader understand the different cleanup and control measures needed for different types of oil and environmental circumstances.

The final chapter of the book covers the effects of oil spills on the environment and wildlife. As the effects of oil on the environment are serious and determine how and why we clean up spills, a summary of this topic seems an appropriate way to end this volume.

A list of further reading is provided. A glossary of technical terms is provided at the end of the book. 

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