Oil Spills


Oil Spills

Managing Oil Spills
BeachTech conducted multiple tests and evaluations over a two week period in adapting beach cleaning machines to the challenge of removing oil from beach sand.The extensive testing covered all aspects of beach oil removal, from cleaning below and/or above high tide lines, cleaning at any hour of the day or night, working under difficult conditions and at various temperatures. The knowledge gained by all involved has proven to not only be crucial in the immediate job of getting oil off Gulf Coast beaches, but also in the future roll out of oil spill recovery and cleanup plans.While factors such as time of day and sand conditions are important to an effective and efficient oil removal process, the most important key enabling equipment to be successful is removing all raking tines and simply sifting the sand to capture the oil and tar balls.

Removing oil from beach sand is a challenge for any cleanup strategy. The oil must have a certain consistency in order to be picked up mechanically and that consistency changes by the hour. Heat and humidity are also factors to be considered before the most effective and efficient cleaning is done at night or in the early morning hours because the oil has had time to coagulate and solidify with beach material. The cooler consistency of tar balls enables them to be separated from the sand with sifting technology to fill the disposal hoppers while removing minimal sand from the beach.

Generally oil is found in the tidal zone where sand is wet and packed which makes it even more difficult to be collected by machine. However, through all the testing, BeachTech™ proved that the sifting technology is the “best practice” solution when removing oil from beach sand as demonstrated to various groups,


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