Monte Carlo Simulation of Transport from Reserve Pits

by Alice B. Clark, ENSR Consulting and Engineering, Acton, United States,
Donald P. Galya, ENSR Consulting and Engineering, Acton, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Symposium on Ground Water


A mathematical modeling study was performed to evaluate potential health and environmental risks due to contaminant transport from exploration and production well freshwater drilling mud reserve pits. The mathematical technique consisted of Monte Carlo simulations using regression equations to determine contaminant mass fluxes from reserve pits into the unsaturated zone, and analytical expressions to predict contaminant transport through the unsaturated and saturated zones. The model results indicate that it is unlikely that contaminant transport via groundwater will pose any risks to human health or the environment.

Subject Headings: Monte Carlo method | Hydrologic models | Health hazards | Regression analysis | Groundwater pollution | Environmental issues | Mathematical models | Simulation models | Monaco | Europe

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