Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC)

EPA Grant Number: R830633
Center: IPEC University of Tulsa (TU)
Center Director: Sublette, Kerry L.
Title: Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC)
Investigators: Sublette, Kerry L.
Current Investigators: Sublette, Kerry L. , Babcock, Robert E. , Gasem, Khaled A , Suflita, Joseph
Institution: University of Tulsa
Current Institution: University of Tulsa , Oklahoma State University , University of Arkansas - Fayetteville , University of Oklahoma
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2007
Project Amount: Refer to main center abstract for funding details.
RFA: Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC) (1999) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research


The Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC) is a consortium of four universities in Oklahoma and Arkansas: The University of Tulsa (TU), The University of Oklahoma (OU), Oklahoma State University (OSU), and The University of Arkansas (UA) at Fayetteville. The fiscal center of IPEC is the University of Tulsa. The consortium has the following specific objectives:

  • Development of new, cost-effective technologies for the solution of environmental problems in the petroleum industry to improve the competitiveness of the industry.
  • Dissemination of information regarding state-of-the-art petroleum environmental technology, new technology development, and legal and regulatory issues which can impact the competitiveness of the domestic petroleum industry.

The strategic and economic importance of this industry requires that industry, government and academia combine their resources and coordinate their efforts toward finding solutions for the environmental problems that represent the greatest challenge to the competitiveness of the domestic petroleum industry. The success of this effort will not only stimulate jobs in this industry sector, but also contribute in a large way to the environmental health of the nation. In response to this need, the four major research universities in the oil-producing states of Oklahoma and Arkansas have joined together to form the Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC). The mission of IPEC is to increase the competitiveness of the domestic petroleum industry through a reduction in the costs of compliance with U.S. environmental regulations. Objectives specific to meeting the goals of the consortium include the following:

  1. Development of cost-effective technologies to meet the challenges of environmental regulations to the competitiveness of the domestic petroleum industry.
  2. Dissemination of information regarding state-of-the-art petroleum environmental technology, new technology development, and legal and regulatory issues which can impact the competitiveness of the domestic petroleum industry.

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Journal Article Geyer R, Peacock AD, Miltner A, Richnow HH, White DC, Sublette KL, Kastner M. In situ assessment of biodegradation potential using biotraps amended with 13C-labeled benzene or toluene. Environmental Science & Technology 2005;39(13):4983-4989. R830633 (Final)
X832428 (Final)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Abstract: ES&T-Abstract
  • Journal Article Kuder T, Wilson JT, Kaiser P, Kolhatkar R, Philp P, Allen J. Enrichment of stable carbon and hydrogen isotopes during anaerobic biodegradation of MTBE: Microcosm and field evidence. Environmental Science & Technology 2005;39(1):213-220. R830633C005 (2005)
    R827015C032 (2005)
  • Full-text: ACS Publications Full Text
  • Abstract: ACS Publications Abstract
  • Other: ACS Publications PDF
  • Journal Article Kuder T, Philp P. Modern geochemical and molecular tools for monitoring in-situ biodegradation of MTBE and TBA. Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology 2008;7(1):79-91. R830633C005 (2006)
    R830633C005 (Final)
  • Full-text: SpringerLink Full Text
  • Abstract: SpringerLink Abstract
  • Other: SpringerLink PDF
  • Journal Article Sublette KL, Tapp JB, Fisher JB, Jennings E, Duncan K, Thoma G, Brokaw J, Todd T. Lessons learned in remediation and restoration in the Oklahoma prairie: a review. Applied Geochemistry 2007;22(10):2225-2239. R830633 (Final)
    X832428 (Final)
  • Full-text: ScienceDirect-Full Text HTML
  • Abstract: ScienceDirect-Abstract
  • Other: ScienceDirect-Full Text PDF
  • Journal Article Sublette K, Jennings E, Mehta C, Duncan K, Brokaw J, Todd T, Thoma G. Monitoring soil ecosystem recovery following bioremediation of a terrestrial crude oil spill with and without a fertilizer amendment. Soil and Sediment Contamination 2007;16(2):181-208. R830633 (Final)
    X832428 (Final)
  • Abstract: Taylor&Francis-Abstract
  • Journal Article Thoma GJ, Lam TB, Wolf DC. A mathematical model of phytoremediation for petroleum-contaminated soil: model development. International Journal of Phytoremediation 2003;5(1):41-55. R830633 (Final)
    R827015C018 (Final)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Abstract: Informaworld
  • Journal Article White Jr. PM, Wolf DC, Thoma GJ, Reynolds CM. Influence of organic and inorganic soil amendments on plant growth in crude oil-contaminated soil. International Journal of Phytoremediation 2003;5(4):381-397. R830633 (Final)
    R827015C018 (Final)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Abstract: Informaworld
  • Journal Article Ziegler SE, White PM, Wolf DC, Thoma GJ. Tracking the fate and recycling of 13C-labeled glucose in soil. Soil Science 2005;170(10):767-778. R830633 (Final)
  • Abstract: Soil Science Abstract
  • Supplemental Keywords:

    Scientific Discipline, Sustainable Industry/Business, Waste, Water, Analytical Chemistry, Contaminated Sediments, Ecological Risk Assessment, Ecology and Ecosystems, Economics and Business, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Environment, Technology for Sustainable Environment, IPEC, bioremediation, bioremediation of soils, chemical waste, clean technologies, cleaner production, contaminant transport, contaminated sediment, environmental technology, hazardous emissions, hazardous waste, innovative technology, oil production, petrochemicals, petroleum waste, phytoremediation, pollution control, pollution prevention, technology research,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Waste, Sustainable Industry/Business, Sustainable Environment, Treatment Technologies, Remediation, Environmental Chemistry, Technology for Sustainable Environment, decontamination, environmental technology, contaminated sediments, petroleum contaminated soil, environmental sustainability, petrochemicals, petroleum industry, remediation technologies, ecological impacts, environmental regulations, environmental education, bioremediation

    Progress and Final Reports:

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  • 2005
  • 2006
  • Final Report
  • Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R830633C001 Development of an Environmentally Friendly and Economical Process for Plugging Abandoned Wells (Phase II)
    R830633C002 A Continuation of Remediation of Brine Spills with Hay
    R830633C003 Effective Stormwater and Sediment Control During Pipeline Construction Using a New Filter Fence Concept
    R830633C004 Evaluation of Sub-micellar Synthetic Surfactants versus Biosurfactants for Enhanced LNAPL Recovery
    R830633C005 Utilization of the Carbon and Hydrogen Isotopic Composition of Individual Compounds in Refined Hydrocarbon Products To Monitor Their Fate in the Environment
    R830633C006 Evaluation of Commercial, Microbial-Based Products to Treat Paraffin Deposition in Tank Bottoms and Oil Production Equipment
    R830633C007 Identifying the Signature of the Natural Attenuation in the Microbial Ecology of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Groundwater Using Molecular Methods and “Bug Traps”
    R830633C008 Using Plants to Remediate Petroleum-Contaminated Soil: Project Continuation
    R830633C009 Use of Earthworms to Accelerate the Restoration of Oil and Brine Impacted Sites