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Join Date: Feb 2003
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The reason you DO NOT put detergent on an oil or fuel spill is that the detergent atttaches to the oil and then sinks, bringing the oil to the bottom, where it stays for a long time, affecting the flora and fauna on the seabed. If you merely let the spill float at the surface (hopefully in a contained area) it will evaporate in the atmosphere, doing much less harm.