Tank Battery Site BioRemediation

Site Description and Soil Sampling

In situ bioremediation using AMCOR SORBE on a TPH-contaminated tank battery site in southeastern Texas has been documented. The tank battery site had an underground pipeline rupture which contaminated soil with crude oil and salt water. The soil was composed of clay, silt, and sand. The site was previously, and continues to be, treated for salt damage with LCA II. Five areas of TPH contamination were identified, totaling approximately 1077 m3 of soil within a 5,400m2 areas.

The five areas were covered with a total of 270 kg of AMCOR SORBE evenly distributed, and tilled. All five areas were disked on day 8. Soil samples were analyzed for TPH by gas chromatography using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Method 3540/8015M. Soil samples were tested for TPH prior to AMCOR SORB treatment, and also on days 5, 10, 13, 19, 24, and 74.

Results and Discussion

An initial soil sample for the site was a composite taken from the five identified areas. This sample was analyzed and determined to contain 102,000 mg/kg TPH. The day 5 sample showed the TPH level to be 14,500 mg/kg, an 86% reduction. On day 10, the TPH was 11,100 mg/kg, an 89% reduction from the initial level.

On day 24, five samples were taken at each area of contamination. The average of these TPHs was 8,046 mg/kg, a 92%reduction from the initial TPH. The tank battery site is under the jurisdiction of the Texas Railroad Commission; which requires soil TPH to be no higher than 10,000 mg/kg. TPH degradation at the tank battery site was excellent, with average TPH below the maximum allowable level by day 74.