Piedmont Geologic, an environmental consulting firm, has announced the startup of a new ground water remediation project at a major gasoline pipeline release site in the Ohio River valley. The project represents the culmination of the site assessment and remediation planning/implementation phase of the organization’s work. Site cleanup is projected to be completed in 3 years to 5 years.
The site is the location of an underground fuel pipeline leak that resulted in
the accumulation of gasoline in the area water table. Approximately 70,000
gallons of gasoline have been recovered through the initial 12 months of
interim site remediation efforts, which were focused mainly on preventing
seepage of gasoline into the Ohio River.
The final phase of work is the installation, startup and operation of a ground water
remediation system. Using a total of 60 remediation wells, the system will
involve a combination of fluid extraction to remove gasoline and contaminated
ground water from the water table, and vapor extraction to remove gasoline from
soil and the water table. Recovered gasoline will be recycled, and recovered
vapors will be destroyed using thermal oxidation technology.
“It was crucial to the site owners and their insurer that we were able to
respond very quickly to both assess the scope of the release and design and
implement a full-scale ground water remediation system,” says Piedmont Geologic
president and principal geologist, Pete Dressel. “Additionally, they were
looking for a system designed and installed in a manner that would minimize
impact on normal retail operations by property owners and we were happy to
provide a solution to meet their needs.”
in 1994, Piedmont Geologic is a consulting firm specializing in environmental
assessment and site remediation. Its projects have ranged from rapid
turn-around environmental site assessments for due diligence real estate assessments
to long-term ground water remediation efforts.