TAMUCC Spill Control School Demonstrates New Spill Response Equipment

The National Spill Control School at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi tested a new type of oil spill response equipment called the BoomVane at Packery Channel Tuesday morning.

The BoomVane is a type of oil skimmer that was successfully used in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The boom is placed in the water to contain and collect oil from the water's surface, which is then filtered with an oil skimmer.

Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Texas General Land Office were present for the demonstration, as well as representatives from the oil spill regulatory and responder community and those in the petroleum refining and transportation industries. They were there to evaluate just how effective the new equipment could be for Texas inlet protection.


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