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The use of bioremediation to treat an oiled shoreline following the Sea Empress incident

Lookup NU author(s): David Mitchell


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The use of bioremediation as a method for the treatment of Forties Crude Oil and Heavy Fuel Oil released by the grounded Sea Empress in Milford Haven, UK, in February 1996 was evaluated. Two bioremediation treatments (a weekly application of inorganic mineral nutrients and a single application of a slow-release fertilizer) were tested. After 2 mo, the oil was substantially more biodegraded in the treated plots than in the non-treated plots. Results proved that both bioremediation treatments are applicable in the treatment of a mixture of crude and heavy fuel oil on a pebble beach. However, the use of a slow-release fertilizer alone may be a cost-effective treatment method for low-energy, contaminated shorelines after an oil spill.

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Author(s): Swannell R, Mitchell D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Battelle Memorial Institute International In Situ and On-Site Bioreclamation Symposium Proceedings

Year: 1999

Volume: 5

Pages: 3-

Print publication date: 01/01/1999

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