The ecosystem is already a delicate/fragile system that teeters on imbalance and we are currently living on its edge regardless of any accidents.  So how do oil spills effect our ecosystem?  Do oil spills threaten our existence?  The answer is unequivocally - yes.  

Wildlife and human life run on an interdependent based system.  All species depend on other species to consume, live off, and reproduce to contribute to the delicate balance that we call life.  Similar to a house built from a deck of cards, if one falls, the rest follow suit.






                             SEA THE FACTS


52% of yearly oil pollution comes from "down the drain" petroleum transportation and industrial oil consumption.

Published "Oil in the Sea III - Inputs, Fates, and Effects" by The National Research Council (2003) reports that - "Annual worldwide estimates  of petroleum input into the sea exceeds 1.3 million metric tons (around 380,000,000 gallons).

It is estimated that natural oil and gas seeps are responsible for a minimum of 175 million gallons and up to 45% of yearly oil pollution in our oceans.  Natural oil and gas seeps are natural springs where liquid oil and gaseous hydrocarbons leak from the earth's crust.  Further, natural oil and gas seeps contain methane - a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

The rate of natural oil seeps off the coast of California is estimated to be 6 million gallons of oil per year.

Typical "down the drain" oil is estimated to be in the 40 million gallons per year range.

Offshore oil production contributes only about 3% of the total annual global marine pollution.

Petroleum Consumption (Industry & automobile), releases volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere, which are then deposited into the marine environment.  This type of pollution is responsible for 15 million gallons of oil per year that end up in the ocean.  

Petroleum Transportation and spills from oil tankers, are responsible for approximately 15 million gallons of oil per year spilled in the ocean.

Non-Accidental Discharges from Sea Vessels & Aircraft Fuel is responsible for nearly 80 million gallons of marine oil pollution annually.  

Crude oil contains a variety of toxic chemicals such as benzene, which is known to cause cancer.  Other toxins such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons can be harmful to the brain and central nervous system.

Brief contact with oil is not considered harmful, but researchers from Spain and France, in a joint study, have discovered that prolonged exposure to oil can lead to illness and even DNA damage.

If breathed in, ingested, or absorbed through the skin, oil exposure can cause headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, respiratory problems, and even changes in mental status - similar to symptoms found in heat exposure and food poisoning.





PHYSICS OF OIL SPILLS

 












Why is having a clean ocean important?  
After all, we live on land.



Life in the ocean forms the building blocks of the living system of the world  -  carbon, oxygen, nitrogen  -  and because it does, it affects life as a whole.  Put another way, if everything on land were to die tomorrow, everything in the ocean would be fine.  But if everything in the ocean were to die, we would too.  Over 70% of the world's oxygen comes from the ocean.




Why start with cleaning the waters in Long Beach?There are other areas in the news that could use the Smart Foam technology.



The short answer is, we have to start somewhere, and what better place than in the waters of our own backyard.   Choosing Long Beach would allow us to easily oversee this initial clean up project.  Also, we have received support from the city of Long Beach to showcase our technology.   Long Beach is making a concerted effort to clean up its water.  They want to be known as the cleanest harbor in the United States and AIR Tech wants to help make that goal a reality.  

We have plans for more locations in the near future.   With your help, this Long Beach Project will be the first of many more successful clean-up projects to come - both domestic and international.  

There are other areas in this world, such as the recent oil spill in Thailand's Samet Island, which could use our help and would be ideal for us to utilize our Smart Foam technology.  Unfortunately, those efforts require proper levels of funding and also permission from the area's local governments.  

A successful Clean My Bay campaign in Long Beach would be our catalyst to earn domestic and international notoriety as an environmentally friendly company who can provide services and products that are both effective and efficient.  



Heal The Bay has recently given the Long Beach waters an "A" rating.   What is there to clean in Long Beach harbor?


Yes, the water quality in Long Beach has recently been given an "A" rating by Heal The Bay.   Because of the proactive nature of the city of Long Beach and less than average rain falls, the waters have steadily been improving in quality over the past few years.  However, take note that the grading system used by Heal The Bay is a measurement of bacteria levels in specific points of water flow and not necessarily pollutants and the presence of toxic oils in the water.

Heal The Bay accumulates data from various agencies who typically obtain their sample measurements at "point zero" (the mouth of storm drains, rivers and creeks) and not open waters.  By reporting this data and giving the waters in a particular area a grade, Heal The Bay can report about the amount of bacteria located in runoff (and consequently surf-zone areas) so people can have an indication of whether or not a beach is safe for recreational water contact.  
 

  
How does the SmartFoam technology work?

SmartFoam is a non-toxic, elastic, oil absorbing foam, which can be molded into any shape.  The foam is specially formulated to soak up oil, but repel water, so when oil from a spill touches the foam it gets easily absorbed.  The oil is trapped in the foam until it is wrung out, capturing the oil for reuse without any chemical changes or additions.  Moreover, after the oil is wrung out of the foam, the foam can be put back into the water and reused over and over again.  Studies have found, once the Smart Foam is primed it works even better.   




Would SmartFoam be able to handle a job as large as the BP oil spill in the Gulf? Absolutely it will. It would work like this:



Has SmartFoam been tested? Yes! A prototype of the system was created and tested in the waters off Dana Point, CA.
Also, AIR Tech has also successfully had booms in the water for several weeks in the Los Alamitos Bay channels near the Los Cerritos Wetlands. Independent lab tests confirmed that the SmartFoam absorbed heavy hydrocarbons and silicone. Additional tests show that the SmartFoam absorbs up to 98.9% of its capacity to contain oil. It is very efficient.



Does the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) know about the SmartFoam technology? 

Absolutely. Their support is important to us and they have already given their approval for use.
Does the California Department of Fish & Wildlife know about the SmartFoam Technology?
Oh, they already know about our SmartFoam technology. They found no chemical cleaning agent in the foam and provided the company with an exemption letter of approval. We are all good with Fish & Wildlife!
It's a great project, but what if we don't live next to a sea or ocean? Oil spills don't just happen in the oceans or the seas. For example, two years ago a pipeline ruptured under the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Montana - spreading oil downstream for miles. Petroleum related accidents can happen almost anywhere.
Should I wait to donate until a Clean My Bay project gets started closer to me? If you are able, we would ask for your support now, and again when a project comes closer to your hometown. Even though Long Beach, California may not be part of your 'backyard', all the waters of the world are interconnected. Also, as mentioned, the Long Beach Clean My Bay project will be a catalyst for more and larger projects to come. With the generous support of the city of Long Beach, we intend to showcase SmartFoam so others may know that this technology is available when an unfortunate event occurs. Moreover, AIR Tech would like to set aside a percentage of the donations we receive to create a rapid response fund to support emergency clean-up efforts. With this fund, we will be able to respond quickly when called upon to help protect our environment. The more we raise, the more we can do, the larger scope of clean-up we can get done, the greater benefits we can provide. AirTech wants to leave a legacy of a cleaner, greener earth, and everyone can have a part of it. It's time to take this matter into our own hands. Show how much you care and support us today.