Oil-Specific Properties Summary Sheets for Spill Response
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1997 INTERNATIONAL OIL SPILL CONFERENCE 929 OIL-SPECIFIC PROPERTIES SUMMARY SHEETS FOR SPILL RESPONSE William R. Gala, Gary A. Rausina, Michael J. Ammann, Elizabeth A. Harvey, Patrick Y. O’Brien, and John P. Suzuki Chevron Research and Technology Company 100 Chevron Way Richmond, California 94802-0627 Lyman A. Young Chevron Corporation 575 Market Street San Francisco, California 94105-2856 John Newman, Michael M. Singer, and Ronald S. Tjeerdema Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry University of California—Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California 95064 ABSTRACT: Chevron has developed oil-speciﬁc properties summary a wide range of environmental conditions on the summary sheet. sheets for major crude and high-volume oil products to improve our Another innovative approach used was to provide the aquatic toxicity ability to provide timely and accurate information for decision-making data as a function of total petroleum hydrocarbons, the sum of parent processes in the initial stages of a spill and to help address questions and alkylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and the sum posed by trustees and the public. Each summary sheet is composed of of monoaromatic hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and ﬁve modules that denote (1) the oil’s physical and chemical properties; xylene [BTEX]), so that environmental monitoring data can be com- (2) the oil’s environmental fate; (3) spill countermeasures; (4) public pared to relevant toxicity data for predictions on environmental impact health and ecotoxicology data; and (5) appropriate analytical methods. and damage. Identiﬁed information gaps (i.e., aquatic toxicity, WAF chemistry, etc.) The traditional characterization of crude oils is focused on analyses are being addressed in Chevron-funded research at the University of associated with the reﬁning process, not oil spill response. The team California—Santa Cruz. identiﬁed several data gaps for key parameters that are important in understanding the fate and effect of crude oils released into the envi- ronment. Some of these parameters are inherent characteristics, such as PAH and BTEX concentrations of crude oil. In addition, incomplete Discussion data (for example, percent aromatics, naphthenes, total paraffins, asphaltenes/resins, and sulfur) were discovered for many of the screened The purpose of this multiyear project is to provide spill responders oils. Other data gaps included characteristics of the crude oil after it with fact sheets listing key properties that influence the fate and comes into contact with water. For example, the environmental impact effects of Chevron crude oils and products that could be potentially of an oil spilled on water will, in part, be related to the amount of oil that released into the environment. The oil property summary sheets will dissolves into the water (the water-accommodated fraction). provide critical information on specific oils and products for quick The Chevron team is working with researchers at the University of reference in the field during the initial stages of an oil spill, while California—Santa Cruz (UCSC), to ﬁll the following identiﬁed data more specific information on the oil is being compiled. The summary gaps: sheets will enhance the effectiveness of Chevron’s spill responders by providing the following benefits: (1) they will help determine • BTEX and PAH concentrations in selected bulk oils and focus appropriate spill countermeasures and associated environ- • BTEX, PAH, and TPH concentrations in their water-accommo- mental monitoring activities; and (2) they will enable spill responders dated fractions (WAF) to provide prompt answers, with the best available information, • Aquatic toxicity of the WAF to a representative marine ﬁsh and to questions raised by representatives of the incident command, invertebrate agencies, and the public concerning the potential fate and effect of a spilled oil. Researchers at UCSC (Singer et al., 1990) have developed a toxicity test The oil-speciﬁc properties summary sheets consist of ﬁve modules method that models conditions that occur in the ﬁeld and that provides detailing the oil’s physical and chemical properties (including its chem- realistic results. ical composition), its expected fate in the aquatic environment, possible spill countermeasures, public health and ecotoxicology data, and appro- priate analytical methods for measuring petroleum-related hydrocar- Conclusions bons and metals in water, soil, and air. Details of the components of each module are provided in Table 1. For example, we used the National Although the tabulation of physical and chemical properties of Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) ADIOS selected crude oil and oil products is not new (e.g., Environment model (version 1.1) to provide a predicted evaporation curve range (0 to Canada, 1990), our approach is innovative because it focuses on pro- 72 hours) for each summary sheet. By including the model results for a viding spill responders with information in a form that allows them to high-energy (high water temperature and gale winds, i.e., 27°C, 24-knot make timely decisions related to the fate and effects of the spilled oil, winds) and low-energy (low water temperature and calm winds, i.e., and to provide guidance on the appropriate countermeasures and ana- 4°C, 5-knot winds) scenario, we could provide realistic evaporation esti- lytical methods to use. Instead of just providing, for example, speciﬁc mates (the most important loss process in the initial stages of a spill) for gravity and asphaltene content values, we have translated the physical 930 1997 INTERNATIONAL OIL SPILL CONFERENCE Table 1. Components of oil-speciﬁc properties summary sheets and chemical attributes into the necessary answers to typical questions, such as “Will the oil sink?” or “Will it form an emulsion?”, using stan- dard rules of thumb. Thus these summary sheets will enable spill respon- Physical chemical properties Fate processes ders to make not only timely decisions, but also informed ones. Density Evaporation API gravity Mousse formation Biography Vapor pressure Spill countermeasures Viscosity Burning William Gala has been an environmental toxicologist with Chevron Pour point Dispersability for over 7 years, providing expert advice to Chevron facilities world- Water solubility Mechanical recovery wide on the fate, transport, and ecological effects of constituents in their Interfacial tension Toxicology effluents and products. He is also a member of Chevron’s worldwide Weight % fractions of oil Worker exposure/public health Environmental Functional Team for emergency responses. Aromatics Aquatic toxicity Naphthenes Suggested chemistry methods References Total and n-paraffins EPA/NIOSH methods for extraction Asphaltenes/resins and analysis of BTEX, TPH, PAHs 1. Environment Canada, 1990. A Catalogue of Crude Oil and Oil Prod- Sulfur and metals in oil, water, soil, and air uct Properties, 4th edition. Environmental Emergencies Technology BTEX, PAH and metal Division, Environment Canada, Ottawa, Canada concentrations in bulk oil 2. Singer, Michael M., D. L. Smalheer, R. S. Tjeerdema, and M. Mar- tin, 1990. Toxicity of an oil dispersant to the early life stages of four BTEX and PAH California marine species. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, concentrations in WAF v9, pp1387–1395 SPILL MODELING AS PART OF THE RESPONSE AND MONITORING STRATEGY AT THE SEA EMPRESS INCIDENT Jan Rusin and Tim Lunel AEA Technology plc National Environmental Technology Centre Culham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire England Andrew Tyler BMT Marine Information Systems LTD Southampton, Hampshire England ABSTRACT: On February 15, 1996, the Sea Empress went Modeling the short-term fate of the oil aground at Milford Haven off the Pembrokeshire coast of South and the surface trajectory Wales, Great Britain. Between February 15 and 21 some 72,000 tons of Forties blend crude oil were released into the marine envi- OSIS modeling was implemented within a couple of hours of ronment. The model OSIS (oil spill information system) was de- the Sea Empress going aground and was used routinely during the veloped jointly by AEA Technology and BMT Marine Information following week while oil was still being released into the marine Systems. OSIS was successfully used by AEA Technology for the environment (Lunel et al., 1996a). This modeling provided opera- U.K. Coastguard Agency’s Marine Pollution Control Unit (MPCU) tional advantages; predictions of the likely environmental fate of as a response tool to predict the fate, trajectory, and likely beach- the oil included information on its expected trajectory and partition- ing of oil, thus aiding in the decisions and optimizing response ing from the sea surface to the water column, and the atmosphere. strategy. The MPCU has subsequently contracted AEA Technol- The model predicted the coastline at risk from stranded oil, the time ogy to develop OSIS to predict the long-term fate of the dispersed of beaching, and the amount of oil and emulsion expected to oil and to identify areas of deposition following oil-sediment beach. Thus the use of the model in conjunction with remote sensing interaction. information allowed operators to develop and then execute a re- sponse strategy rather than react only to observed information.