National Research Program


Fate of Organic Chemicals in Subsurface Environments

Release of various synthetic organic compounds to the environment has caused soil and ground-water pollution in many places. The processes which control the persistence and movement of these materials are not well understood. A better understanding is necessary to aid in construction of models to predict movement and fate of pollutants in the subsurface and for design of control and abatement techniques. Project objectives are to determine the transformation pathways of selected organic compounds using a combination of field observations and laboratory simulations of environmental conditions; assess the relative importance of physical, chemical, and biochemical processes in the transformation of these compounds under ambient conditions; and study relevant biotransformation processes occurring in the subsurface.

REPORTS PUBLISHED 2002-2003

Warren, Ean, Prudic, D.E., and Godsy, E.M., 2006, Changes in Microbial Activity, in Green, J.M., (ed.), The effectiveness of Cattlemans detention basin, South Lake Tahoe, California: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5259, p. 37-48. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 8 MB)

Godsy, E.M., Warren, E., and Paganelli, V.V., 2003, The role of microbial reductive decholrination of TCE at a phytoremediation site: International Journal of Phytoremediation, v. 5, no. 1.

Godsy, E.M., Hostettler, F.D., Warren, E., Paganelli, V.V., and Kharaka, Y.K., 2003, The fate of petroleum and other organics associated with produced water from the Osage-Skiatook petroleum environmental research sites, Osage County, Oklahoma in Kharaka, Y.K., and Otton, J.K., eds., Environmental impacts of petroleum production: Initial results from the Osage-Skiatook petroleum environmental research (OSPER) Sites, Osage County, Oklahoma: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 03-4260, p. 84-102. (to access on-line report in pdf format - 7MB)

Warren, E., Bekins, B.A., Godsy, E.M., and Smith, V.K., 2003, Inhibition of acetoclastic methanogenesis in crude oil- and creosote-contaminated groundwater: Bioremediation Journal, v. 7, p. 139-149.

Bekins, B.A., Cozzarelli, I.M., Warren, E., Godsy, E.M., 2002, Microbial ecology of a crude-oil contaminated aquifer, in Thornton, S.F., and Oswald, S.E., eds., Natural and Enhanced Restoration of Groundwater Pollution: International Association of Hydrological Sciences, IAHS Red Book Series no 275, p. 57-63. (on-line abstract)

Godsy, E.M., Hostettler, F.D., Warren, E., Paganelli, V.V., and Kharaka, Y.K., 2002, Environmental impacts of petroleum production: The fate of petroleum and other organics associated with produced water from the Osage-Sakiatook Petroleum Environm Environmental Research sites, Osage County, Oklahoma, in Sublette, K.L., ed., Proceedings of the 9th International Petroleum Environmental Conference: Issues and Solutions in Exploration, Production and Refining, Albuquerque, NM: Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC) and the University of Tulsa, 18 p., CD-ROM format. (on-line report in pdf format)

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