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A review of oil spill history and management on the North Slope of Alaska

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dc.contributor.author Davila, Amanda
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-30T00:18:13Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-30T00:18:13Z
dc.date.issued 2013-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11122/9763
dc.description Master's Project (M.S.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract Alaska has an abundance of natural resources including oil, natural gas and coal. It is critical to minimize the occurrence of oil spills to ensure protection of Alaska's people and the environment. The objective of this project is twofold. One is to provide a quantification of the number of spills on the North Slope (NS) as well as the number of contaminated sites that are generated, describe the regulatory requirements for the Arctic zone, and discuss cleanup methods. Second is to describe the ADEC regulations as they pertain to terrestrial oil spills. The region of study begins north of Alyeska's Pump Station 4 at the Dalton Highway milepost 270, TAPS 144, north to the Beaufort Sea, encompassing all oil related operations. This review excludes spills at villages (not related to oil field operations), and releases to the atmosphere (e.g., halon, propane). Additionally, spills at formally used defense sites (FUDS) and long range radar sites are also excluded from this study. Spills that result in long term monitoring and cleanup are managed as contaminated sites. The data reveals that the majority of contaminated sites have been cleaned up with no institutional controls in place. The number of spills on the North Slope is consistent with activity. The time during the peak oil is when there are a higher number of spills. Over time, as the oil production and activity decline, so do the number of spills with a few exceptions. The decline in oil production has limited activity and growth on the NS. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Oil spills en_US
dc.subject Alaska en_US
dc.subject North Slope en_US
dc.subject Management en_US
dc.subject History en_US
dc.title A review of oil spill history and management on the North Slope of Alaska en_US
dc.type Other en_US
dc.type.degree ms
dc.identifier.department Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


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