JEP  Vol.7 No.3 , February 2016
A Forensic Approach for Assessing Modes of Subsurface Petroleum Releases

Chronic petroleum discharges resulting from underground storage tank (UST) system failures may continue for months or years, whereas catastrophic releases result from structural failures or overfills that occur over shorter time periods. A forensic analytical framework is useful for distinguishing between chronic and catastrophic releases and identifying responsible parties. However, the forensic program must account for the petroleum type because identifying release modes relies on understanding the chemical evolution of petroleum through time within the context of site conditions. Here we discuss key petroleum components that aid in reconstructing the release and identifying potential responsible parties when subsurface conditions are known.

Cite this paper: Anton, J. and Oudijk, G. (2016) A Forensic Approach for Assessing Modes of Subsurface Petroleum Releases. Journal of Environmental Protection, 7, 312-322. doi: 10.4236/jep.2016.73027.

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