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Petroleum Related Contamination

View from the lower part of Site A's main salt scar looking south uphill toward the beginning of the scar. Seepage of salt water from a shallow sandstone aquifer continues, and active salt scarring persists. This area drains into the Cedar Creek arm of Skiatook Lake, Okla.
View from the lower part of Site A's main salt scar looking south uphill toward the beginning of the scar. Seepage of salt water from a shallow sandstone aquifer continues, and active salt scarring persists. This area drains into the Cedar Creek arm of Skiatook Lake, Okla -- from the Osage-Skiatook Petroleum Environmental Research Project

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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 Jersey [Completed]

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  • Comparison of surficial CO2 efflux to other measures of subsurface crude oil degradation: Warren, E., Sihota, N., Hostettler, F.D., and Bekins, B.A., Journal of Contaminant Hydrology (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 Studies (IN PRESS).

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