oil forensics Articles

  • Case study - Oklahoma crude oil forensic analysis

    An oil company used Sitelab’s laboratory to perform oil forensic analysis testing crude oils from different well sites to determine the percentage of oil content from two formations. The wells tap into these zones at different depths, thousands of feet below the ground. Knowing what type of oil being pumped is important. All six oil samples had similar GRO content, but the PAH content in ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • Case study - NAPL forensics analysis at tank farm in Boston

    Ambient Engineering, Inc. (Concord, MA) used Sitelab to investigate and remediate a former tank farm along Boston Harbor contaminated by a large, subsurface plume of commingled diesel fuel and No. 6 fuel oil. Loading racks (above) are suspected to have contributed to most of the site’s contamination. Light Non Aqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPL) collected from 40 monitoring wells were tested ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • Case study - NAPL forensics analysis at refinery site in Kansas

    An environmental consultant at Subsurface Environmental Solutions, LLC used Sitelab to fingerprint a large plume of Non Aqueous Phase Liquids (NAPL) located at a former oil refinery in Kansas. The plume is commingled with gasoline, diesel, crude oil and other petroleum products. Sitelab’s portable UVF-3100D analyzer is fitted with optical filters which can measure the C6 to C10 gasoline ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • A forensic study at an abandoned service station along the New Jersey shore: How the mixed leads can help

    In the late 1990s, a real estate developer purchased an abandoned service station at a sheriff’s sale. The site was located on the barrier island near Atlantic City, New Jersey. The service station had been owned previously by an independent operator. That owner purchased the property from a major oil company in 1983. Our client, the real estate developer, never operated the service ...


  • FORENSIC study at a Northern New Jersey service station: the mixing of old and new gasoline

    In 2000, a client purchased a gasoline service station in northern New Jersey. A few days after receiving possession of the property, he received a letter from a State regulatory agency informing him that an investigation surrounding a leaking waste oil UST was required. He was unaware that a waste oil UST had existed; automotive repairs were not part of his or the previous owner’s business ...


  • Oil & Gas Leakage Detection Contractors

    RADS (Remote Aerial Detection Systems) teamed with market leading vendors to supply state-of-the-art Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and security equipment. RADS is a US-based top-tier Technology Integrator that serves international commercial and government customers across the world. Unlike the large US defense contractors, RADS is independent and can operate with agility ...


  • Petroleum biomarkers as tracers of Exxon Valdez oil

    Over the past quarter century, petroleum biomarkers persisted in sequestered Exxon Valdez oil in Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska, hence the oil remained identifiable. These biomarkers are molecular fossils derived from biochemicals in previously living organisms. Novel pattern matching indicated the presence of Alaska North Slope crude oil (ANSCO) over the entire observation period ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Bioaccumulation of petroleum hydrocarbons in arctic amphipods in the oil development area of the Alaskan Beaufort Sea

    An objective of a multiyear monitoring program, sponsored by the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was to examine temporal and spatial changes in chemical and biological characteristics of the Arctic marine environment resulting from offshore oil exploration and development activities in the development area of the Alaskan Beaufort Sea. To determine if petroleum ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Advances in flashpoint testing: economic impact

    Flashpoint testing is one of the oldest methods of the ASTM D02 Committee on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, which was formed in 1904. The most prevalent standards are ASTM D56 (Tag Method), D92 (Cleveland Method), and D93 (Pensky-Martens Method). These classical techniques, commonly referred to as open-cup and closedcup methods, share a common principle: A test flame is lowered into the ...

  • Emergency response and clean-up of a diesel leak: manufacturing facility

    Project: Emergency response and clean-up of a diesel leak Client: Confidential manufacturing company Services: Emergency response planning, environmental assessment, regulator liaison, remediation design Summary: Through rapid site characterisation and expert decision making ESI minimised the environmental damage ...

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