Risk analyses for disposing nonhazardous oil field wastes in salt caverns

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Salt caverns have been used for several decades to store various hydrocarbon products. In the past few years, four facilities in the US have been permitted to dispose nonhazardous oil field wastes in salt caverns. Several other disposal caverns have been permitted in Canada and Europe. This report evaluates the possibility that adverse human health effects could result from exposure to contaminants released from the caverns in domal salt formations used for nonhazardous oil field waste disposal. The evaluation assumes normal operations but considers the possibility of leaks in cavern seals and cavern walls during the post-closure phase of operation. ... continued below

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Tomasko, D.; Elcock, D.; Veil, J. & Caudle, D. December 1, 1997.

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Salt caverns have been used for several decades to store various hydrocarbon products. In the past few years, four facilities in the US have been permitted to dispose nonhazardous oil field wastes in salt caverns. Several other disposal caverns have been permitted in Canada and Europe. This report evaluates the possibility that adverse human health effects could result from exposure to contaminants released from the caverns in domal salt formations used for nonhazardous oil field waste disposal. The evaluation assumes normal operations but considers the possibility of leaks in cavern seals and cavern walls during the post-closure phase of operation. In this assessment, several steps were followed to identify possible human health risks. At the broadest level, these steps include identifying a reasonable set of contaminants of possible concern, identifying how humans could be exposed to these contaminants, assessing the toxicities of these contaminants, estimating their intakes, and characterizing their associated human health risks. The contaminants of concern for the assessment are benzene, cadmium, arsenic, and chromium. These were selected as being components of oil field waste and having a likelihood to remain in solution for a long enough time to reach a human receptor.

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OSTI as DE98002776

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  • Other: DE98002776
  • Report No.: ANL/EAD/RP--93377
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • DOI: 10.2172/578583 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 578583
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc692964

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Tomasko, D.; Elcock, D.; Veil, J. & Caudle, D. Risk analyses for disposing nonhazardous oil field wastes in salt caverns, report, December 1, 1997; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc692964/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.