2016 Groundwater Metals Associated with Oilfield Wellsites

Miles Tindal, Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd.
GL 16-SGRC-02

The purpose of this project is to provide a rationale for a list of metals that are most likely to be detected in groundwater at levels above background on oil and gas wellsites as a result of anthropogenic activities.

Policy Issue

Regulatory Guidelines/Directives/Policies/Criteria

Knowledge Gap

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