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Main Title Fate and biological effects of oil well drilling fluids in the marine environment : a literature review /
Author Neff, Jerry M.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Research Laboratory ; Center for Environmental Research Information [distributor],
Year Published 1982
Report Number EPA/600-S3-82-064
OCLC Number 09468012
Subjects Drilling muds--Environmental aspects ; Marine pollution ; Offshore oil well drilling--Environmental aspects
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EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-S3-82-064 In Binder Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 04/12/2018
EJBD  EPA 600-S3-82-064 In Binder Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 11/14/2018
Collation 3 pages ; 28 cm
Caption title. At head of title: Project summary. "Sept. 1982." "EPA/600-S3-82-064."
Contents Notes
Document described by this project summary reviews research data published in the scientific literature regarding the potential impact of drilling fluids on the marine environment. Researchers have found that predictions of impacts are difficult because no two drilling fluids are identical. The mixtures are custom formulated to perform a variety of functions integral to each drilling operation. Further, drilling fluids are released in a variety of marine systems from arctic to temperate seas. Published research data indicate that lethal and sublethal concentrations of drilling fluids on various marine organisms vary from about 100 parts per million (ppm) in coral to more than 1000 ppm in other less sensitive organisms. Recommendations are summarized for the prevention or amelioration of damage from drilling fluids to the marine environment. Further research is suggested to close gaps in current knowledge about behavior of drilling fluids in aquatic ecosystems.