"When prevention efforts fail and an oil spill occurs on the water, spill responders face a difficult battle against a dynamic opponent. They have a number of tools at their disposal, depending on the unique aspects of each situation. Among the options available are mechanical cleanup methods, such as containment booms and skimmers, nonmechanical methods, such as dispersants or in- situ burning, natural removal, and shoreline cleanup. The selected mix of countermeasures will depend on potential shoreline and natural resource impacts, the size, location, and type of the spill, weather, and other variables. This pamphlet on in-situ burning is one of a series that provides an overview of oil spill prevention, planning, and response topics."
USCG Sector Mobile Digital Area Contingency Plan: http://ocean.floridamarine.org/acp/mobacp/