Chapter 10

In Situ Burning

An Update

M. Fingas     Spill Science, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Abstract

In situ burning is recognized as a viable alternative for cleaning up oil spills on land and water. When performed under the right conditions, in situ burning can rapidly reduce the volume of spilled oil and eliminate the need to collect, store, transport, and dispose of recovered oil. In situ burning can shorten the response time to an oil spill, thus reducing the chances that the oil will spread on the water surface or penetrate further into land, thereby aiding in environmental protection. This chapter contains a compilation of information about in situ burning of oil spills and includes the scientific aspects of the burning process and its effects, ...

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