If a spill or release is a petroleum based substance and it is introduced to a water source, it creates an oil slick or visible sheen which can be absorbed into the surrounding soils and vegetation. Oils can spread out rapidly across the water's surface to form a thin layer (an oil slick).. As the oil continues spreading, the layer becomes thinner and thinner, finally becoming a very thin layer called a sheen, which may resemble a rainbow. Once oil has spilled, the cleanup could involve many methods for a proper clean up. All spills are and should always be treated with serious appropriate attention and complete remediation, following all local and state guideline whether the release of the petroleum or a hazardous substance occurs on land or water.
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