I heard this in a WUWM news story and had to see the YouTube video. Janesville, Wisconsin textile manufacturer Monterey Mills makes a dense wool fabric that its president, Daniel Sinykin, is convinced could absorb enough of BP’s Gulf oil spill to save 20 miles of beachfront per day.
Sinykin says that Monterey Mills submitted the idea to help BP’s cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico, but has not heard back from BP, so he decided to make the YouTube video above as a demonstration of their product.
You may recall that salons and pet groomers had been donating hair to MatterOfTrust.org for a similar oil removal innovation which BP and the Coast Guard decided not to use. Sinykin believes that his super-dense “wool is an even better absorber of oil,” and he demonstrates this using a small swimming pool and a large wool pad.
The wool does remove oil from the water very clearly.
I have to wonder, though, how many tons of oily wool pads would be left after a few days soaking up the oil we see continuously gushing from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
In the video, a pad about 3 feet in diameter is used to soak up a gallon of oil. Round that to 7 square feet and it would take 17.5 million square feet to absorb the 2.5 million gallons of oil estimated by the U.S. government to be spewing from the spill each day. That’s .672 square miles of oily wool pad fabric.
I have no idea how many sheep that would take.
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