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Focus on Biological Oils

Publication number Date Published
16-08-005February 2016
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Author(s) Lisa Copeland
Description All oil spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size. Oil is toxic to the environment and damage starts as soon as oil hits water. A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water. Cooking and other edible oils, while less toxic to wildlife than petroleum products, still cause environmental harm. These oils generally do not evaporate, emulsify, or disperse in water, so they tend to create slicks on the surface of water, coat shorelines, and sink to smother subtidal organisms.
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Keywords oil spill risk, oil, oil spill, oil spill prevention

Focus on: Biological Oils Transported by Rail