Michigan town anticipates creek oil spill cleanup completion

Local authorities continued work to clean up an oil spill at Michigan’s Burch Creek on February 18, 2012. Crews anticipated the work would be completed February 20, 2012, according to The Times Herald.

The oil spill occurred when a nearby homeowner’s heating system malfunctioned, leading oil to fill the creek. Local clean up crews will use absorbent booms to catch any residual oil, St. Clair County Drain Commissioner Bob Wiley told The Times Herald. In addition, the county will fund the cleanup with money from the drain office’s revolving budget for cleanups, while the homeowner will pay the remaining costs.

Absorbent booms offer a reliable solution to help towns and cities clean up oil spills. The oil select boom delivers an affordable option for absorption, deployment and disposal of hazardous materials.

The boom floats and repels water, and is safe to use in any waterways as it removes all petroleum-based products. The design features two permeable socks for additional absorption along with netting and hooks that simplify deployment and disposal. In addition, the non-toxic boom is eco-friendly and capable of absorbing up to four times its weight.

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