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Environmental Conditions and Performance of Oil and Gas Sumps in Permafrost

Dr. T.L. White, Carelton University

  • To investigate the long term (15 – 30 years) performance of oil and gas sump sites situated in sporadic, discontinuous and continuous permafrost zones characterized by a wide range of permafrost-affected soils (Cryosols), ground ice conditions and thermal regimes;
  • To evaluate potential contamination of permafrost
  • To regulate ground-based examinations of well-site infrastructure and permafrost terrain to the integrity of existing engineering design of oil and gas and sumps used for the safe disposal of drilling wastes;
  • To develop economical long term engineering design criteria for the disposal of drilling waste in remote permafrost regions characterized by a mid-range of Cryosols, ground ice and thermal regimes.