Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. Supplying HYDRO-FIRE® Boom for Gulf Oil Spill Clean-Up

Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc., a global supplier of innovative thermal insulation barriers and environmental protection products, is producing Hydro-Fire® Booms for aid in the clean-up of the Gulf oil spill.

Following a test burn on April 28th, the Hydro-Fire® Boom was approved for use in the process of in-situ burning, a valuable response tool that can eliminate up to 600-1800 barrels (25,000 – 75,000 gallons) of oil per hour. Reported by BP officials to be “a very powerful technique”, the in-situ burns have been occurring as weather conditions permit, and are being conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), working in partnership with BP PLC, local residents, and other federal agencies. Well owner BP PLC has reported burning approximately 378,000 gallons, or 9,000 barrels, of oil during burns conducted on Thursday, May 6th.

The Hydro-Fire® Boom was developed by Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. to replace original designs that could not be used repeatedly.

The Hydro-Fire® Boom is a fire-resistant, water cooled inflatable boom that is an effective barrier to prevent the spread of oil fires on water. The Hydro-Fire® Boom has undergone rigorous burn trials by the U.S. Navy and the USCG at facilities such as OHMSETT and SUPSALV, and was used for training by the USCG in the Gulf of Mexico in 1999.

Located in the state of Washington, Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. has been engineering leading- edge solutions for thermal insulation barriers and environmental protection applications for over 30 years.

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