A Continuation of Remediation of Brine Spills with Hay

EPA Grant Number: R830633C002
Alternative EPA Grant Number: R827015C025
Subproject: this is subproject number 002 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R830633
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: IPEC University of Tulsa (TU)
Center Director: Sublette, Kerry L.
Title: A Continuation of Remediation of Brine Spills with Hay
Investigators: Ford, Laura P. , Sublette, Kerry L.
Institution: University of Tulsa
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: May 1, 2003 through April 30, 2004
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 overall objective of this project is to study the possible positive effect of organic matter in the remediation of brine-impacted soil. The efficacy of this treatment will be quantified in a field study conducted in the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Osage Co., Oklahoma. The study will also attempt to identify the mechanism or mechanisms of action of the organic matter, which possibly include: 1) a strictly physical effect on the texture of the soil; 2) an enhancement of the cation exchange capacity of the soil; 3) an enhancement of the water-stable aggregates formed from organic matter and soil mineral particles. Given that the all three of these mechanisms are affected by microbial action on the hay, the microbial populations will be determined both qualitatively and quantitatively and then correlated with the results of the field studies.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this subproject: View all 3 publications for this subprojectView all 32 publications for this center

Supplemental Keywords:

land, precipitation, ecological effects, indicators, restoration, terrestrial, remediation, bioremediation, cleanup, public policy, cost benefit, environmental chemistry, biology, engineering, ecology, hydrology, south central, Oklahoma, OK, EPA Region 6, agriculture, Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas (SIC 1311), Crude Petroleum Pipelines (SIC 4612),, RFA, Scientific Discipline, Waste, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Sustainable Industry/Business, Remediation, Sustainable Environment, Treatment Technologies, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Ecological Risk Assessment, contaminated sediments, decontamination, environmental technology, petroleum contaminated soil, petrochemicals, remediation technologies, environmental sustainability, petroleum industry, ecological impacts, environmental regulations, environmental education, ecological research

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R830633    IPEC University of Tulsa (TU)

    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