Ab-Tech Industries, Tucson, has demonstrated a product it says can economically absorb and contain oil spills on water. The product, Oil Aquatic Recovery System (Oars), consists of polymer disks contained in polypropylene nets. The polymer disks, for which a patent is pending, uses molecular physics and chemical reactions to encapsulate and absorb oil or petroleum products. Netted bags of disks can be dropped on an oil spill from aircraft or boats and can be retrieved using ships' crane hooks or trawling equipment. Ab-Tech, a company that specializes in absorbent technologies, said each pou...

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