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The definitive guide to fossil fuel spills and leaks, covering technologies, prevention, spill responses, and cleanup Oil Spill and Gas Leak Emergency Response and Preventionhighlights the complex nature of fossil fuel extraction methods, the unintended consequences when disasters occur, spill behavior, and environmental impact mitigation. The book gives equal treatment to both oil spills and gas leaks. Recent environmental disasters, including the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, have focused the environmental, regulatory, and legal community on the need for safe and efficient fossil fuel extraction procedures. This very practical book will serve as the go-to guide for engineers, oil and gas producers, geologists, regulators, environmental consultants, and lawyers aiming to prevent such catastrophes and to deal with their after-effects when they occur. This detailed guide focuses equally on oil and gas drilling, spills, leaks, and their effects from several perspectives: engineering techniques; long-term biological and environmental impacts; dealing with insurance claims, litigation, and legislation in overlapping jurisdictions; and much more. Oil Spill and Gas Leak Emergency Response and Prevention Addresses the entire disaster relief effort Discusses environmental impacts ranging from biological effects to groundwater contamination Explains how to deal with aged oil and water wells Includes details on risk analysis for oil and natural gas fields Covers hydrofracking and groundwater contamination Contains global site examples from California, Alaska, the U.S. Gulf Coast, Kuwait, France, Peru, Ecuador, and other locations Provides interviews with lawyers and remediation professionals Includes the most current ideas on best practices for case closure In-depth coverage: The Role of Fossil Fuels and Societies; Geology and Geochemistry of Oil and Gas Deposits; Oil and Gas Well Drilling; Behavior of Oil Spills in Various Environments; Behavior of Gas Leaks in Various Environments; Assessment of Spills and Leaks; Toxicity Issues and Exposure Pathways; Remediation Treatment Methods; Costs of Remediation, Cost Recovery and Mitigation Costs; Prevention, Oversight and Mitigation; Regulatory Perspectives on Environmental Policy; Political and Legal Issues; Conclusions and Recommendations; Case Histories; Conclusions and Recommendations
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