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Chemtex responds to oil spill in Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA

An oil spill occurred by the Woods Hole Science Aquarium on January 21, 2018 closing off a large portion of Great Harbor to boat travel. The initial sheen that was reported was 100 by 100 yards. At the scene of the spill were representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Falmouth harbormaster’s office and Sea Tow. The crew deployed Chemtex’s sorbent pads and booms in the water and lined the shores with material to collect the spilled material, which was described as a mix of lubricating oil and diesel. The three phases to dealing with an oil spill, include the initial response, the assessment and the restoration. During this initial period, the goal is to contain and constrain the oil.

 Huge Cleanup Effort on Yellowstone River  

An estimated 1,000 barrels, or 42,000 gallons oil was released from an ExxonMobil pipeline into the Yellowstone River near Billings, USA, on 1st July 2011. Under the direction of the Unified Command, almost 600 people were involved in the response and cleanup effort, including ExxonMobil's North America Regional Response Team. The oil company deployed almost 33,000 feet of boom and approximately 160,000 absorbent pads to clean up oil adjacent to the river. Chemtex received the call on the holiday weekend and was able to deliver three tractor trailer loads of booms and pads within 24 hours.

Chemtex responds to huge spill in Michigan

A state of emergency was declared on July 26, 2010 in southwest Michigan's Kalamazoo County as more than 1,000,000 gallons of oil released into a creek began making its way downstream in the Kalamazoo River. Chemtex mobilized trailer loads of sorbent booms, sweeps, and snares to help aid in the massive cleanup efforts. The above photos were taken at the scene of this incident.


 Chemtex responds to Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill  

The largest oil spill in U.S. history happened on April 20, 2010. A sad day for all. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico killing 11 men and sending nearly 5 million barrels (205,000,000 gallons) of oil into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. Chemtex was on the scene within 24 hours. For the next 2-3 months, Chemtex shipped between 1-3 tractor trailers a day of absorbent booms, containment booms, and oil snare. We added extra help and worked extremely long hours to insure that all of our customers’ orders were being filled. It was a challenge for all but in the end, we were able to fill all of the orders needed for this clean up and at the same time maintaining all of our industrial business through our distributor network.