Ecology should be a high concern during a hazardous spillage event.
The environment should always be considered during the planning and construction process.
During a spillage incident, there is a health and safety risk to the workforce and surrounding community, however there is also a risk to damaging the nearby ecology.
One site demonstrated reacting to this effectively:
- Spill response includes kit with “oil eating bacteria” to further protect ecology in event of oil spillage;
- Microbes digest hydrocarbon molecules and break them down into harmless by-products of carbon, carbon dioxide and lipids (a natural, soluble fatty material that is food for fish and plants);
- The more complex the hydrocarbon, the longer this process may take (for example, diesel will be consumed more quickly than motor oil). This naturally occurring process is supercharged by adding these specific microbes to any oil spill or contaminated area;
- The main advantage of this approach is that this is much less expensive than excavation followed by burial elsewhere or incineration and reduces or eliminates the need for pumping and treatment which is a common practice at sites where hydrocarbons have contaminated groundwater.
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Monitor report. Roadbridge. Co Tyrone. June 2016