Report on In Situ Burning in Ice-Affected Waters: A Technology Summary and Lessons from Key Experiments

The report is a summary of scientific studies including both laboratory and field experiments of in situ burning (ISB) in ice-affected offshore environments.  Covering examples of how controlled ISB has proved effective for oil spill removal in ice-affected waters since the 1970s it also details a historic review of different technologies, equipment R&D including fire-resistant booms, ignition systems and chemical herder application.

The report confirms that there is sufficient information gained from laboratory and field testing to understand the basic principles of in situ burning oil in a wide variety of snow and ice conditions.  The report summarizes that the technology exists to conduct controlled in situ burning of oil spilled in a wide variety of ice conditions.  The research also exemplifies that most of the perceived risks associated with burning are easily mitigated by following approved procedures, using trained personnel, and maintaining appropriate separation distances.