Permafrost Environmental Consulting (PEC)
Study of soil microstructure and mobility of contaminates in Permafrost

Study of soil microstructure and mobility of contaminates in Permafrost

CONTAMINATES IN PERMAFROST AFFECTED TERRAIN

Until recently, the assumption that permafrost is impermeable to miscible and immiscible contaminates has underscored policies addressing Arctic waste disposal. Studies conducted by Dr. Thomas L. White, president PEC indicate that permafrost should not be considered impermeable, as contaminates have been shown to penetrate freezing soils and frozen sediments. The observed and predicated climatic changes will inevitably alter the energy and mass fluxes within the near-surface layer of permafrost, which in turn will impact negatively on the mobility of contaminates in the Arctic.

Notable Studies

  • . Mobility of Contaminates in Permafrost underlying DEW Line Stations
  • . Performance of Sumps in Permafrost
  • . Evaluation of Contaminate Mobility at Norman Wells Refinery Site
  • . Microstructure and Hydraulic Properties of Contaminated Arctic Soils
  • . Contaminated Arctic Soils Database

Recent Reports and Publications

WWhite, T.L. 2013. Contaminants in Permafrost Terrain. Twelve-volume book set. Permafrost Environmental Consulting, in press March 2013.

White, T.L. 2013. Contaminated Arctic Soils Databases. Licensed databases on CD-Rom. Permafrost Environmental Consulting.

White T.L. 2011 Hydrocarbon Contaminants in Freezing Ground and Permafrost Terrain. Twelve-volume book set equipped with CD containing environmental engineering Contaminated Arctic Soils Database. Permafrost Environmental Consulting, In Press January 2011.

White, T.L., 2008. “Modification of Soil Microstructure in Hydrocarbon Contaminated Freezing Soils and Permafrost” in Proceedings of Sixth Contaminants in Freezing Conference. Fairlee Vermont, June 2008.

White, T.L., 2004, 2001, 2000, 1999. "Environmental Condition of Abandoned Oil and Gas Drilling Pads and Sumps in Permafrost." Reports to INAC, March 2004.

White, T.L. and P.J. Williams, 2002. "Modifications of Microstructure in Hydrocarbon Contaminated Freezing Soils and a Predictive Model for Remediation Procedures." Proceedings of Third Contaminates in Freezing Ground Conference. Hobart Australia: April 2002.

White, T.L., 2002, 2001, 2000. "Mobility of Contaminates in Permafrost underlying DEW Line Stations." Three Reports to RMC- DND, March 2002.

Williams, P.J., W.G. Rees, D.W. Riseborough, and T.L. White, 2000. "Strategies for Development of Cost-Effective Amelioration Procedures for Oil Spills on Cold Regions." Chapter 4, Contaminant Hydrology: Cold Regions Modelling, Ann Arbor Press Inc., Chelsea, Michigan.

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