Oil Spills and Gas Leaks: Environmental Response, Prevention and Cost Recovery

Oil Spills and Gas Leaks: Environmental Response, Prevention and Cost Recovery

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The definitive guide to petroleum hydrocarbon fuel spill and leak causes, prevention, response, and cost recoveryOil 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 volumeprovides 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.


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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Product details

  • Hardback | 592 pages
  • 191 x 226 x 36mm | 959g
  • MCGRAW-HILL Professional
  • United States
  • English
  • 125 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0071772898
  • 9780071772891

Table of contents

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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About Stephen M. Testa

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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