What happens to the oil in an oil spill once it gets cleaned up?



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    Most of the oil is cleaned up by being contained with booms, then burned. The oil is broken down and released into the atmosphere. In other areas, dispersants are used. These combine with elements in the oil to become less harmful to the environment. It just stays in the water. On the shore, people are using bales of hay to absorb the oil. I think these are just burned when they’re collected. There’s not much else you can do with oily hay. 

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