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Case Study: McAlpine Dam hydraulic oil spill

Supplier: CI Agent Solutions
13 December, 2010

A broken pipe releases approximately 45 gallons of hydraulic oil into the water at McAlpine Dam.

The day before we arrived, three McAlpine employees had used a boat and a volume of absorbant pads that filled a 20-yard dumpster. In their words, "we didn’t even dent the spill." The alternative was to lower a vac truck with a crane down the 80 foot wall to vaccum up the oil. Cost of this method was totally prohibitive.

C.I.Agent Solutions had an appointment to show our product the following day, not aware of the spill. After our demonstration, they showed us the spill. We quickly got to work. Two men treated the spill with C.I.Agent which solidified the oil on contact. They removed the solidified oil and sheen with pool skimmers from within a boat in 4 1/2 hours.

"Thank you for introducing me to C.I.Agent. In my thirty years in professional safety I have never come across a product to remove oils/fuel from the water like it."

C.I.Agent should be available on every waterway on the continent. You have a product that truly is environmentally friendly.

When we had the spill in the cofferdam area on the Ohio River, you put your words into actions. It does work as well as you said it does. C.I.Agent greatly sped up the cleanup efforts of our crew making it extremely easy to remove and dispose of the oil.

"I will be recommending it to everyone with the potential for waterway spills." Thomas E. Tucker , Environmental Safety and Health Manager Washington Group International

  • C.I. Agent
    • Clean-up Period: 4.5 hours
    • Materials: 5 5-gallon pails of C.I. Agent
    • Oil Sludge Retrieved: 35 gallons
    • Waste: 6 5-gallon pails
    • Total: $1,465.00