Oil spill cleanup cooperatives are generally an association of the petroleum handling facilities in an area to provide for mutual assistance in the event of an oil spill. These associations may utilize a pooling of manpower and individually owned equipment, or a pooling of funds for purchase of specialized equipment or for hiring third-party contractors, to control and clean up spills that may occur. The concept of cleanup cooperatives, which are not unlike volunteer fire departments, began to develop in this country in the 1960s. Since the first cooperative was formed in New Haven, Connecticut in 1964, the number has grown rapidly, there being over 90 throughout the country today. The majority of these are made up of a mixture of industrial groups, including petroleum companies as well as other facilities handling petroleum products in bulk. To assist facilities in forming a cooperative, a guide to cleanup cooperative organization is available through the American Petroleum Institute as publication number 4129.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at meeting April 8-13, 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Chemical Society

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    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Gilmore, G A
    • Willenbrink, R
  • Publication Date: 1973-4

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  • Accession Number: 00053946
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1974 12:00AM