The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup 2nd Edition by Fingas
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The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup 2nd Edition by Fingas

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Merv Fingas, M.Sc., Ph.D., has worked for more than 25 years in the field of oil spill technology at Environment Canada’s Environmental Technology Center in Ottawa, Ontario.

As head of the Emergencies Science Division at the Centre, he currently conducts and manages research and development projects in the sciences as they relate to spill measurement, evaluation, and control.

His specialties include spill dynamics and behavior, studies of spill-treating agents, in-situ burning of oil spills, and the technology of personal protection equipment. He is called upon to make presentations on these subjects at international conferences around the world.

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

Dr. Fingas has authored or co-authored more than 450 technical reports and papers on various aspects of oil spill research.

These include writings on the development of new and improved procedures for testing dispersants and extracting solvents, studies of water-in-oil emulsions and dispersants, monitoring oil spill concentrations, identifying the source of oil spills, studies of chemical treating agents and their effectiveness, in-situ burning of oil spills and the emissions from such fires, oil spill remote sensors, and the review and selection of personal protection equipment.

Dr. Fingas is on the editorial board of the Journal of Hazardous Materials, the Spill Science and Technology Bulletin, and the Journal of Micro-Column Separations, and has served as guest editor for several special issues of these publications.

In 1999, he was appointed to the United States Academy of Sciences and is a member of an eight-person committee to review the sources, fate, and effects of oil in the sea. He is vice-chairman of the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) F-20 Committee on Spill Standards and chairman of the In-situ Oil Spill Burning Committee.

The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup Contents

  • Chapter 1 Oil Spills: Why Do They Happen and How Often?
  • Chapter 2 Response to Oil Spills
  • Chapter 3 Types of Oil and their Properties
  • Chapter 4 Behaviour of Oil in the Environment
  • Chapter 5 Detection, Analysis, and Remote Sensing of Oil Spills
  • Chapter 6 Containment on Water
  • Chapter 7 Oil Recovery on Water
  • Chapter 8 Separation and Disposal
  • Chapter 9 Spill-treating Agents
  • Chapter 10 In-situ Burning
  • Chapter 11 Shoreline Cleanup and Restoration
  • Chapter 12 Oil Spills on Land
  • Chapter 13 Effects of Oil Spills on the Environment

Preface to The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup eBook

This book is a revised and expanded edition of The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup, which was published by Environment Canada in 1978. With the rapid progress in cleanup technology since that time, this edition is long overdue.

This new 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, it 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. A glossary of technical terms is provided at the back of the book.

The final chapter of the book, which deals with the effects of oil spills on the environment and wildlife, has been added to this edition to provide a brief summary of this important topic.

Because 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.

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