Jun 8 2010

Maryville Daily Times, Jun. 8:

One way local people can help fight the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is to donate human or animal hair to Operation Hairball for use as "booms."

Samm Riggin said the Veterinary Centre of Greenback is collecting the hair for what she calls Operation Hairball and will be shipping five large boxes to a warehouse in Alabama on Thursday. That will be their first shipment.

Unified Area Command, May 21st:

The Unified Area Command for the Deepwater Horizon/BP Response announces it will not use hair boom in its response efforts.

[Hair booms were] not deemed feasible after a technical evaluation.

In a February 2010 side-by-side field test conducted during an oil spill in Texas, commercial sorbent boom absorbed more oil and much less water than hair boom, making it the better operational choice.

"Our priority when cleaning up an oil spill is to find the most efficient and expedient way to remove the oil from the affected area while causing no additional damage. One problem with the hair boom is that it became water-logged and sank within a short period of time," said Charlie Henry,

NOAA’s Scientific Support Coordinator in Robert, La. Commercial sorbent boom is readily available and scientifically designed and tested for oil containment and absorption on the water. Additionally, response teams are familiar with and properly trained to safely deploy, maintain, recover, and dispose commercial sorbent boom.

Individuals and organizations are asked to discontinue the collection of hair for the hair boom.

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