In Situ Burning of Oil in Ice – Development of Aerial Ignition Systems for In Situ Burn Operations

At a Glance

The vast majority of experience with in situ burning (ISB) is with terrestrial spills which can be ignited by hand using simple tools (e.g., flares, drip torches, or breakable bottles of gelled gasoline).  ISB was used with great success offshore during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill where an estimated 11,000,000 gallons of oil was safely ignited and burned during the response.  This was the first large-scale application of burning in an operational setting. Spills in smaller water bodies which are easy to reach, can be similarly ignited; however an alternative is needed to ignite spilled oil in areas with difficult/restricted access.