Oil & Natural Gas Projects
Exploration and Production Technologies
Northeast National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Reconnaissance-Level Airborne Contaminants
The goal of this project is to conduct a reconnaissance-level inventory of watershed
characteristics and baseline heavy metal and petroleum product contamination
levels in the surface waters and sediments within four watersheds in the Northeast
Bureau of Land Management
The major achievements of the project include the collection of initial stream flow data and regimes in the Judy and Fish creeks and Ublutuoch and Kalikpik river drainages in the Northeast NPR-A. Three years of watershed characterization studies have been conducted to set a baseline for stream flows. Initial environmental sampling for heavy metals and petroleum hydrocarbons in each of the streams was conducted in the summer of 2004.
This project will set a baseline for existence of airborne-related contaminants
residing in the surface waters and sediments in four watersheds within the Northeast
NPR-A. This information will be useful for monitoring acute and cumulative impacts
resulting from oil and gas development and can be used to track impacts related
to cross-continent transport and deposition of heavy metals.
This project was requested by the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Research
and Monitoring team in 2001. This project may be used as a base for future monitoring
studies focusing on biological contaminant transport to subsistence-harvest
foods such as mammals, fish, and/or berries.
This study is conducting a limited airborne contaminants impact monitoring program
for the first oil development activities within the Northeast NPR-A. This study
will be used as a scientific basis to verify projected impacts from development
to help further minimize impacts in four of the watersheds where activities
are projected to occur. Conducting contaminants studies within NPR-A will result
in a greater understanding of the current conditions of the land and provide
for the protection of environmental quality and sustainable utilization of natural
resources, including their use by local indigenous population in Alaska's Arctic.
Current Status (June 2006)
The project is in its fourth summer of data collection. The study is being redesigned
to utilize spring snow sampling (heavy metals) studies being conducted by Dr.
Matthew Sturm, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratories.
Project has been terminated as of January 1, 2006 due to the BLM project manager being non responsive to inquiries to the progress. Some data was collected. BLM may do a report, later in 2006, of the limited data findings.
Location of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Project Start: July 2, 2001
Project End: January 1, 2006
Anticipated DOE Contribution: $110,000
Performer Contribution: $146,000 (57% of total)
NETL - John Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-699-2061)
Bureau of Land Management - Susan Flora (email@example.com or 907-474-2303)