When RuptureSeal™ inventor Glenn Cox was a police officer stationed on Canada’s Vancouver Island, he was called to an accident on a remote stretch of highway. A tanker truck had overturned and was leaking diesel fuel from a 2-inch rupture. The response time for the Department of Environmental Emergency Response was estimated at two to three hours, and the local fire department were without sufficient equipment to stop the leak.
As the Department of Transportation arrived, they set about constructing a dirt berm to stop the spread of fuel to a nearby river. While this work was underway, the Provincial Department of Environmental Emergency Response arrived. Their spill specialist immediately mixed a granular product with water and kneaded it into a large piece of putty. While being sprayed by diesel fuel, the specialist approached the damaged truck, shoved the putty into the rupture, placed a small piece of plywood behind it, and then propped a long-handled shovel behind it to hold it all in place. The leak was reduced to a trickle, but by then several hundred gallons of fuel had leaked into the environment, costing thousands of dollars in clean up.
After leaving the police force, Cox worked as a Risk Manager for an international insurance company. In this role he attended a seminar on hazardous spill site remediation during which he discovered that the technology used to stop leaks had not advanced in the twenty-plus years since the tanker truck incident.
This sparked an idea. Cox rendered a rough sketch in a notepad, and the concept that would become RuptureSeal™ began to take shape.
As opposed to other Hazmat safety products designed to stop chemical or fuel leaks, punctures, accidental hull rips and gashes in boats and ships, RuptureSeal™ is uncomplicated, durable, clean and secure. It has already found its place in the emergency spill response kits of major companies and organizations around the globe such oil refineries, trucking and transportation businesses, waste treatment plants, environmental agencies, firefighting associations, airports, towing resources, and recycling/recovery plants, among others.