Tracking the weathering of an oil spill with comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography

Robert K. Nelson, Brian M. Kile, Desiree L. Plata, Sean P. Sylva, Li Xu, Christopher M. Reddy, Richard B. Gaines, Glenn S. Frysinger, Stephen E Reichenbach

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Abstract

Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC x GC) was used to investigate the Bouchard 120 oil spill. The latter occurred on April 25, 2003, when the barge Bouchard 120 spilled ∼375,000 liters of No. 6 fuel oil into Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. In order to gain a better understanding of the natural processes affecting the fate of the spilled product, we collected and analyzed oil-covered rocks from Nyes Neck beach in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. Here we discuss the data from samples collected on May 9, 2003, and six months later, on November 23, 2003. Along with standard two-dimensional gas chromatographic analysis, we employed unique data-visualization techniques such as difference, ratio, and addition chromatograms to highlight how evaporation, water washing, and biodegradation weathered the spilled oil. These approaches provide a new perspective to studying oil spills and aid attempts to remediate them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-44
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental Forensics
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006

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Petroleum Pollution
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weathering
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biodegradation
beach
evaporation
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Neck
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rock
Water
water
product
chromatographic analysis

Keywords

  • Bouchard 120
  • Bunker C
  • Buzzards Bay
  • Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography
  • Difference chromatogram
  • GC x GC
  • Massachusetts
  • No. 6 fuel oil
  • Oil spill
  • Petroleum weathering

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  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Tracking the weathering of an oil spill with comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography. / Nelson, Robert K.; Kile, Brian M.; Plata, Desiree L.; Sylva, Sean P.; Xu, Li; Reddy, Christopher M.; Gaines, Richard B.; Frysinger, Glenn S.; Reichenbach, Stephen E.

In: Environmental Forensics, Vol. 7, No. 1, 01.03.2006, p. 33-44.

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Nelson, RK, Kile, BM, Plata, DL, Sylva, SP, Xu, L, Reddy, CM, Gaines, RB, Frysinger, GS & Reichenbach, SE 2006, 'Tracking the weathering of an oil spill with comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography', Environmental Forensics, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 33-44. https://doi.org/10.1080/15275920500506758
Nelson, Robert K. ; Kile, Brian M. ; Plata, Desiree L. ; Sylva, Sean P. ; Xu, Li ; Reddy, Christopher M. ; Gaines, Richard B. ; Frysinger, Glenn S. ; Reichenbach, Stephen E. / Tracking the weathering of an oil spill with comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography. In: Environmental Forensics. 2006 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 33-44.
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