Spilled Petroleum Recovered from Atop Water Table

by Gary M. Mathes, Vice Pres. and Dir. of Engrg.; John Mathes & Assoc., Inc., Columbia, Ill.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 6, Pg. 58-59

Document Type: Feature article


An undetected oil spill endangered the Mississippi Aquifer and the people who lived nearby. A thorough engineering analysis determined a solution. A containment procedure and recovery system regained the escaping petroleum products and guarded the water quality of the adjacent water table. This project was a 1982 OCEA Nominee.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Hazardous materials spills | Petroleum | Water table | Aquifers | Mississippi | United States

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