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Oil Spills and Gas Leaks
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The definitive guide to petroleum hydrocarbon fuel spill and leak causes, prevention, response, and cost recovery Oil Spills and Gas Leaks highlights the complex nature of petroleum hydrocarbon fuel extraction methods, the unintended consequences when disasters occur, spill behavior, and environmental impact mitigation. This practical resource discusses engineering techniques; long-term biological and environmental effects; dealing with insurance claims, litigation, and legislation in overlapping jurisdictions; and much more. Featuring global case studies and best practices, this timely volume provides an in-depth understanding of how oil spills and gas leaks occur and describes the most effective environmental assessment, remediation, and restoration options available to respond to these industrial accidents. COVERAGE INCLUDES: The role of petroleum hydrocarbon fuels in society Geology and geochemistry of oil and gas deposits Oil and gas well drilling and production issues Behavior of oil spills in various environments Behavior of gas leaks in various environments Assessment of spills and leaks Toxicity issues and exposure pathways Subsurface investigations Sampling strategies and remedial approaches Sampling methods on land and offshore Prevention, oversight, and mitigation Remediation of oil spills Case histories and cost recovery Oil spills and wildlife Oil spills and safety issues Conclusions and recommendations
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Ch 1. Introduction: Role of Fossil Fuels and Societies Ch 2. Geology and Geochemistry of Oil and Gas Deposits Ch 3. Oil and Gas Well Drilling Ch 4. Behavior of Oil Spills in Various Environments Ch 5. Behavior of Gas Leaks in Various Environments Ch 6. Assessment of Spills and Leaks Ch 7. Toxicity Issues and Exposure Pathways Ch 8. Remediation Treatment Methods Ch 9. Costs of Remediation, Cost Recovery and Mitigation Costs Ch 10. Prevention, Oversight and Mitigation Ch 11. Regulatory Perspectives on Environmental Policy Ch 12. Political and Legal Issues Ch 13. Conclusions and Recommendations Ch 14. Case Histories Ch 15. Conclusions and Recommendations App A. Glossary of Technical Terms and Acronyms App B. Bibliography and Websites App C. Additional Calculations and Information

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Stephen Testa is executive officer of the California State Mining and Geology Board and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology. He has written more than 125 articles in the field of geology and environmental science, and has published 11 books. Testa is an expert on hydrocarbon recovery, resource recovery, and reuse and recycling of soils, sediments, and wastes. He is the past president of both the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the American Geological Institute and is president-elect of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Energy Mineral Division. James Jacobs is chief hydrogeologist at Environmental Bio-Systems, Inc., and has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology. He won three Fulbright grants in environmental engineering. Jacobs also worked in oil fields in Alaska and California for close to a decade before working for two decades in the environmental assessment and remediation field.

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