Special Edition of "Environmental Geosciences" Explores Impacts of Oil and Gas Production on the Environment
The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency co-sponsored a special edition of "Environmental Geosciences" entitled "Environmental Issues of Petroleum Exploration and Production." The special edition presents research on local impacts to soils, streams, ground water, and ecosystems from the exploration for and production of petroleum in the United States. USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology Program contributions to the special edition include:
The information presented in the special edition is of interest to petroleum producers, land owners, land-use planners, and state and federal regulators who are faced with the effects of millions of oil and gas wells across the United States.
Yousif K. Kharaka, U.S. Geological Survey,
Nancy S. Dorsey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Table of Contents
Environmental Issues of Petroleum Exploration and Production: Environmental Geosciences, v. 12, no. 2, June 2005
- Environmental Issues of Petroleum Exploration and Production: Introduction, by Yousif K. Kharaka (USGS) and Nancy S. Dorsey
- Oil Field-Produced Water Discharges into Wetlands: Benefits and Risks to Wildlife by Pedro Ramirez Jr.
- Environmental Impacts of Oil Production on Soil, Bedrock, and Vegetation at the U.S. Geological Survey Osage-Skiatook Petroleum Environmental Research Site A, Osage County, Oklahoma by James K. Otton (USGS), Robert A. Zielinski (USGS), Bruce D. Smith (USGS), Marvin M. Abbott (USGS), and Bobby D. Keeland (USGS)
- Environmental Releases from Exploration and Production Operations in Oklahoma: Type, Volume, Causes, and Prevention by J. Berton Fisher and Kerry L. Sublette
- Remediation of Oil-Field Brine-Impacted Soil Using a Subsurface Drainage System and Hay by Thomas M. Harris, J. Bryan Tapp, and Kerry L. Sublette
- Remediation of a Spill of Crude Oil and Brine Without Gypsum by Kerry L. Sublette, Aditya Moralwar, Laura Ford, Kathleen Duncan, Greg Thoma, and Josh Brokaw
- Impacts of Petroleum Production on Ground and Surface Waters: Results from the Osage-Skiatook Petroleum Environmental Research A Site, Osage County, Oklahoma by Yousif K. Kharaka (USGS), James J. Thordsen (USGS), Evangelos Kakouros (USGS), and William N. Herkelrath (USGS)
- Progression of Methanogenic Degradation of Crude Oil in the Subsurface by Barbara A. Bekins (USGS), Frances D. Hostettler (USGS), William N. Herkelrath (USGS), Geoffrey N. Delin (USGS), Ean Warren (USGS), and Hedeff I. Essaid (USGS)