All marine environments contain naturally occurring microbes that feed on and break down crude oil. This means crude oil is largely biodegradable.
This manual provides general oil spill response principles. It is a collection of "Rules of Thumb" and checklists that provide quick access to the information needed when formulating response strategies.
Shortly after midnight on March 24, 1989, in a tragic accident deeply regretted by the company, the Exxon Valdez supertanker ran aground in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Despite the efforts undertaken to stabilize the vessel and prevent further spillage of oil, more than 250,000 barrels of oil were lost in just a short period of time.