MMS study evaluates offshore oil field chemicals

A new study commissioned by the US Minerals Management Service (MMS) found that only two chemicals, zinc bromide and ammonium chloride, used by the oil and gas industry could be potential hazards in the Gulf of Mexico.The study (MMS Study 2001-011 and 012) identifies chemicals used in the gulf and lists their properties, toxicity, usage patterns, and storage and handling practices. It uses spill modeling to evaluate the potential environmental risk for a select group of chemicals. In addition, the study covers an overview of relevant legislation.MMS says it is using results from this study to modify reporting requirements for Gulf of Mexico operators.Deepwater focusMMS explains that from ...

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