Feature Writer Romeo Edmead – New Fabric May Help Gulf Crisis

As the tireless scramble to clean up what has now become the most catastrophic offshore oil spill in U.S. history continues, 2 companies have collaborated to produce a product which they contend will go a long way in solving the problem. The collaborators, based in Switzerland and Germany, added a chemical to non-woven fabric and named their invention Oilguard. They allege that Oilguard can suck up oil while simultaneously repelling water and claim that it will also be economical too. Despite the fact that the Oilguard sheets do not have much width, they are hundreds of yards in length. The plan is to lay them on the Gulf Coast shoreline, mainly beaches, to catch the oil that’s being washed up. With their current supply, they estimate that they’ll be able to cover and protect nearly 22 miles of the affected areas.

As the U.S. continues to examine the possibility of utilizing this new technology, the developers of Oilguard say it is scheduled to be tested in the Gulf of Mexico over the next several weeks. A representative from the Swiss company also said it will be tried out in the U.S. soon.

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