Is There a Better Way to Clean Up Oil Spills? State Companies Think So

by Tim Flanagan on June 15, 2010

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:

[Marty McOmber | Three Sheets Northwest: Classic wooden powerboats will be on display at Bell Harbor Marina in Seattle this weekend.]

The vintage yachts that will gather on Seatttle’s waterfront for the Bell Street Pier Classic Rendezvous this weekend are not just lovely to look at — they’re living pieces of the region’s maritime history.

About 60 yachts belonging to the Pacific Northwest Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association are expected for the annual event, treat
many of them built before World War II. The oldest boat in the show, Argonaut II, was built in 1922, and several others were also built in the 1920s.

Chip Kochel, one of the show’s organizers, said the boats’ owners see themselves as more than just as antique boat enthusiasts.

“Most of us, if not all of us, look at ourselves as stewards of these vessels,” said Kochel, whose 1955 34-foot Chris-Craft, Hi’Ilani, will be on display.

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Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun:

As oil washes ashore along the Gulf Coast, online
waterfront residents and political leaders say there must be a better way to attack the brown goop they are seeing.
Worries about the cleanup seem focused on the availability of work crews and equipment and whether workers are properly armed for the task.
Last week, caries
U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, healing
D-Vancouver, held a congressional hearing to discuss available cleanup technology, including sorbent materials. Sorbent materials is a term used to describe practically any material that will soak up oil.

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