Jeff Dulin: Use old Navy vessels for next oil clean-up

2010-05-08T02:30:00Z Jeff Dulin: Use old Navy vessels for next oil clean-upJeff Dulin madison.com
May 08, 2010 2:30 am  • 

We are all upset regarding the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. More will occur in the future, so what we should do now is to prepare for these calamities.

The U.S. Navy has the propensity of sinking old aircraft carriers. Not only does this fly in the face of recycling practices, but it makes little sense when you consider that these huge, floating industrial spaces - which are already paid for - are possible assets for the clean-up of future chemical or oil spills.

Stripped of their combat equipment, these ships could be re-fitted to capture, hold and separate oil from sea water, which could be returned in a better state than when it was removed from the disaster site. Reclaimed oil could be stored onboard in tanks, then pumped onto tankers or barges for proper use or disposal. Workers and supplies could be airlifted from their vast flight decks.

The cost of such a system should be less than the billions BP will spend on the current clean-up effort. After all, we already have the ships, and more will be available in the future.

We should utilize some of these vessels rather than allowing them to become just scuba diving sites.

- Jeff Dulin, Janesville

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