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D'Iberville first to use "Bio-Filter" boom system


By Rebecca Powers – bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Imagine thousands and thousands of long, finger-like, water filters hanging from durable, anchored boom.

The city of D'Iberville is putting out a mile of this new "bio-filter" system in their waters this week. Tests show it absorbs about 200 barrels of oil per hour.

Used abroad for years, the local man who brought it to the coast couldn't believe no one knew about this effective way to gather oil and keep it out of landfills.

Gulfport Businessman Terry Robinson said, "It was somewhat puzzling that it was so successful, and that nobody else had come across this."

He searched far and wide for a way to clean oil out of the water he loves while keeping it out of local landfills. He found that answer on the other side of the planet.

Robinson said, "It was developed and invented in Siberia about 10 years ago to use for this very same problem."

To get the product here, he formed "Gulf Remediation" with other businessmen who call South Mississippi home. The tests went so well, DMR approved the bio-filter boom system almost immediately.

"We performed a test out near Deer Island over the course of a week. We did a test out there, and then we did a controlled test in a garage to make sure that the application would work here."

The city of D'Iberville bought a mile of the system to put out this week. Robinson said the highly effective bio-filter booms are made of long fingers that hang down three to 10 feet below the water, gathering oil on the surface and beneath. Compared to other typical boom, home video given to WLOX News shows the bio-filter booms are more durable and stay in place better.

Robinson said, "This held up very well in the bad weather that we had, and the other boom was wrapped around it and thrown up on the shore. This also holds up very well in rougher waters."

And none of the waste it gathers will ever see a landfill. The absorbent fibers are saturated in live microbes to eat up the oil more rapidly than just throwing them out into the water.

"In simple terminology, there's a food source there for them that's in a controlled, concentrated area which allows them to thrive and do what they do, eat product and multiply."

The "bio-filter" boom also uses empty recycled plastic bottles and Styrofoam for buoyancy.

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