Petroleum Related Contamination
Subsurface spills of petroleum compounds (crude oil, gasoline, and gasoline additives)
may be the most frequently cited cause of ground-water contamination. USGS scientists and
their partners are developing information and tools essential for effective remediation and
long-term management of fuel spills. A major theme of this research is the effectiveness and
practical limitations of Natural Attenuation for treatment of sites with petroleum related
contamination. Research has been conducted at 4 research sites:
Crude Oil Contamination in a
Shallow Outwash Aquifer -- Bemidji, Minnesota
Oxygenated Gasoline --
Laurel Bay, South Carolina
Produced Water -- Osage-Skiatook
Petroleum Environmental Research Project, Oklahoma
Gasoline -- Galloway Township, New
Other Program Petroleum Related Research
Program Headlines on Petroleum Related Research
- Volatile fuel hydrocarbons and oxygenates in the environment: Cozzarelli, I.M., McKelvie, J.R., and Baehr, A.L., in Lollar, B.S., ed., Environmental Geochemistry, in Holland, H.D. and Turekian, Karl K., eds. Treatise on Geochemistry, (2nd ed.), New York, Elsevier Science, v. 9 (IN PRESS).
- Presence of the corexit component dioctylsulfosuccinate in Gulf of Mexico water after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Gray, J.L., Kanagy, L.K., Furlong, E.T., Kanagy, C.J., McCoy, J.W., Mason, A., and Lauenstein, G., Chemosphere (IN PRESS).
- Petroleum fingerprinting with organic markers: Hostettler, F.D., and Lorenson, T.D., Environmental Forensics (To appear in a special petroleum fingerprinting issue) (IN PRESS).
- Adaptations of indigenous bacteria to karst aquifers in south-Central Kentucky contaminated with fuel: Byl, T.D., Metge, D.W., Agyman, D.T., Bradley, M., Hileman, G., and Harvey, R.W., Journal of Cave and Karst Systems (IN PRESS).
- Effects of dual-pump crude oil recovery system, Bemidji, Minnesota, USA: Delin, G.N., and Herkelrath, W.N., Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation (IN PRESS).
- Self-potential signals generated by the corrosion of buried metallic objects with application to contaminant plumes: Rittgers, J., Revil, A., Karaoulis, M., Mooney, M., Slater, L., and Atekwana, E., 2013, Geophysics, v. 78, no. 5, p. EN65-EN82, doi:10.1190/geo2013-0033.1.