development of OIL GATOR began in 1988 in Jackson, Mississippi. The
intent was to develop a hydrocarbon absorbent which was both incinerateable
and biodegradable. Ted Dickerson, President of Product Services Company
sourced raw materials from the Mississippi cotton industry. While testing
this cotton based agricultural material, it was determined that by treating
the material with ammonia we could end up with a small amount of ammonium
sulphate being created which would act as a fire retardant and make
this absorbent material and the absorbed hydrocarbon safer to handle.
characteristics of this new material proved to be exceptional, up to
10 times more effective than calcined clay. The product also exhibited
a tremendous wicking action which allows it to hold on to hydrocarbons
and essentially eliminate leaching. Testing revealed that even if the
material was saturated with water it would actually release the water
in order to absorb hydrocarbons.
of OIL GATORs unique properties carried on during which time it
was determined that an indigenous micro-organism existed within OIL
GATORs cellulose fibers. The ammonium sulphate in the product
acted as a nutrient to enhance the growth of the organisms with the
hydrocarbons supplying a food source. A program was launched to improve
the preservation of the indigenous organisms throughout the treatment
process and to improve the remediating abilities of the product.
result of this program is the Patented product, Oil Gator , which is
biodegradable, has unequaled absorption and encapsulation properties,
and provides rapid degradation of hydrocarbons in liquid form or in