Environmental remediation deals with the removal of pollution or contaminants from environmental media such as soil, groundwater, sediment, or surface water and typically requires immediate action so the released material only potentially minimally impacts negatively on human health and the environment. Common methods used to contain surface releases of petroleum involve using booms, to collect the oil from the surface of the water, sometimes using mechanical skimmers are also of value. One of the most common spills we see are heating oil releases. Some of these occur at the time of delivery and others by natural causes. Affected areas can be on roads, waterways, homes, residential properties, or even off roadside shoulders. If a spill happens on soil, the impacted soils need to be excavated by hand or machine and properly transported for disposal. Frequently absorbents can be placed at the release site. All spills are and should always be treated with serious appropriate attention and complete remediation, following all local and state guideline whether petroleum or a hazardous substance occurring on land or water.