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Petroleum Related Contamination

Closeup of a core from a tree sample to monitor volatile organic compounds in the subsurface at Laurel Bay Site, SC
Closeup of a core from a tree sample to monitor volatile organic compounds in the subsurface at Laurel Bay Site, SC -- from the Natural Attenuation of Fuels Photo Gallery

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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:

Fate and Effects of Wastes from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

Crude Oil Contamination in a Shallow Outwash Aquifer -- Bemidji, Minnesota

Oxygenated Gasoline -- Laurel Bay, South Carolina [Completed]

Produced Water -- Osage-Skiatook Petroleum Environmental Research Project, Oklahoma [Completed]

Gasoline -- Galloway Township, New Jersey [Completed]

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