Dispersants: Improving Offshore Oil Spill Response

Publication #: 2014-0033

Published: Jul 2014

Pages: 2 p.

Filed Under: Atlantic Canada, Communications, Emergency Response

Dispersants are chemical agents specifically designed for use in marine environments, to speed up natural oil dispersion. Dispersants can be rapidly sprayed onto an oil spill by a specially equipped aircraft or vessel, or injected directly into a subsea spill. Dispersants are one of several response tools that have been proven safe and effective in managing and mitigating oil spills. This fact sheet explains how dispersants work and how and why they are used.

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