Oil Spill Impacts on Aquifers

by Otto J. Helweg, Memphis State Univ, United States,
Howard Hwang, Memphis State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


This study attempts to evaluate the seismic hazards along a forty inch pipeline and the impact of a pipeline rupture in the recharge area of the aquifer serving most of West Tennessee. Two potential break locations were chosen in the alluvial valley of a main river where the probability of a rupture is greatest. The volume and fate of the hydrocarbons are being modeled and remediation strategies are being studied.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials spills | Oil pipelines | Non-renewable energy | Water pollution | Groundwater pollution | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Geohazards | Tennessee | United States

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