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The BP oil mess has brought out all kinds of wacky schemes for cleaning up that oil, but the Germans have been prepared for this type of thing for decades. Apparently designed by somebody who just finished an intense round of Pac-Man, the Bottsand class oil recovery ship literally splits in two to scoop up the polluted water.
Once collected, the ship then separates the oil from the sea water in its 790 cubic meter recovery tank, which is equivalent to about 5000 Barrels. While that may not be nearly enough for a spill the size of Deepwater Horizon, I say every little bit helps, and these sh
Despite the vow by President Obama to keep the Gulf oil spill a top priority until the damage is cleaned up, 50 days after the BP rig exploded, a definitive date and meaningful solution is yet to be determined for the worst oil spill in the U.S. history.
So, you would think if someone is willing to handle the clean-up with equipment and technology not available in the U.S., and finishes the job in shorter time than the current estimate, the U.S. should jump on the offer.
But it turned out to be quite the opposite.
U.S. Refused Help on Oil Spill
According to Foreign Policy, thirteen entities that had offered the U.S. oil spill assistance within about two weeks of the Horizon rig explosion. They were the governments of Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations.
The U.S. response - Thank you, but no thank you, we've got it.
"..While there is no need right now that the U.S. cannot meet, the U.S. Coast Guard is assessing these offers of assistance to see if there will be something which we will need in the near future."
Read more: www.business... insider.com/heres-the-real-reason-america-refused-international-help-on-the-oil-spill-2010-6#ixzz0r76ugN7l