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    A large-scale experiment involving the burning of crude oil to prevent pollution was conducted at Westcott Rocket propulsion Establishment in Buckinghamshire on Saturday (14th November) by technologists of the British Trade and Industry Department.

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    A large-scale experiment involving the burning of crude oil to prevent pollution was conducted at Westcott Rocket propulsion Establishment in Buckinghamshire on Saturday (14th November) by technologists of the British Trade and Industry Department.

    As a result of the experiment the remote electrical firing of oil may become a much improved method of dealing with oil which has escaped from damaged tankers at sea. Recent tankers mishaps, including those involving the "Torrey Canyon" and "Pacific Glory", have highlighted the problems of combating escaping oil before extensive pollution damage occurs. The deliberate but carefully-planned firing of oil at sea is thought likely to supersede the present methods which include bombing, and treatment by detergents.

    In the experiment at Westcott, electrical igniters were positioned on the surface of oil in a specially constructed 25-foot-high iron tank. After cables had been connected to the igniters, technologists operating from a remote control room several hundred yards away, turned on switches which ignited the 200 tons of oil in the tank. The research has been carried out with models because the individual compartment in a modern tanker would be at least 100 times larger than Saturday's model. However this latest experiment was on a sufficiently large scale for the technologists to be able to predict, with reasonable accuracy, the control and rate of burning which might take place if the method is employed to counter pollution at sea.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA19675L3TGKHK0856WIUET49RR
    Media URN:
    VLVA19675L3TGKHK0856WIUET49RR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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