A floating drum skimmer would be used to collect and remove oil from a surface oil spill. Oil is attracted to the rolling drums surfaces, which is then stripped from the drums and pumped into collection tanks. The drum skimmer can be used in closed catchments or open water for either thin or thick oil in a range of weather conditions. Much of the captured oil can be recycled rather than placed in a landfill. The skimmer can be rapidly deployed by a single person since it's relatively lightweight – only 45 pounds – and consists of only six parts, readily assembled on-site prior to operation. The Corps’ Lower Granite project has the only such skimmer in the area.

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