Soil and Groundwater

The committee will support industry’s desire for shared research development to develop credible and relevant information to address knowledge gaps in the understanding and management of high priority environmental and social matters related to the assessment and management of exploration and production sites as related to geo-environmental protection, soil and groundwater remediation and reclamation, excluding water use, conservation and resource issues.
This collaborative approach will engage subject matter experts, from industry, government, and academia, to identify, prioritize, and manage knowledge gaps resulting in research projects. These research projects will help in development of smart regulations, and best practices, and identification of potential technologies to find cost effective approach in managing and mitigating environmental footprint of suspend, abandoned, remediated, and reclaimed wells.

2016 Soil and Groundwater Public Policy Issues and Knowledge Gaps with Associated Projects


Public Policy Issue Associated Knowledge Gap(s) Recommended Projects
Regulatory Guidelines/Directives/Policies/Criteria


The degree of conservatism current in some regulatory guidelines can be linked to some unnecessary remedial efforts throughout the petroleum industry. The development of accepted risk and science based studies to protect the environment and reduce remediation costs.

Organics (PHC)

  • Natural PHC distribution
  • Fate and transport assessment
  • Appropriate protection of various exposure pathways,
  • CCME guideline assessment
Inorganics (salinity, metals)

  • Natural salt distribution,
  • Fate and transport assessment
  • Appropriate protection of various exposure pathways,
  • SCARG criteria evaluation
  • Risk-based soil quality guidelines for selected trace metals
  • Knowledge on background concentrations of inorganics

  • Soil & groundwater concerns of methane emissions from SCVF
  • Understand Phase I ESA calculations for Drilling Waste
Risk Assessment


Identify areas for board application of risk assessment strategies that protect the environment and reduce the required management/remediation efforts.

Bioavailability of contaminants of concern to support the derivation of risk-based (Tier 2) remedial endpoints.
Practical field screening

techniques to reduce cost and time for site investigations in support of risk assessment.

Software tools to aid in the standardized application of Tier 2 guidelines using appropriate site-specific data.
Reclamation and remediation technology advancement


Technology improvements and finding new applications of existing technologies should reduce reclamation and remediation costs.

Petroleum hydrocarbon in fractured bedrock – effective remedial methods, associated risks, assessment effectiveness and relevance to environmental risk.
Practical remedial options for petroleum hydrocarbons, salinity, and metals impacts in wetland environments.
Effective in-situ/ex-situ groundwater treatment system(s) for petroleum hydrocarbon and salinity impacted sites.
Technologies that address specific issues: small volumes, longer remediation timeframes (e.g. 10+ years), modified endpoints.