Abstract: Cleanup and Closure of Petroleum Affected Sites--An Industry Prospective
Steven M. Ferrara
The cleanup and restoration of petroleum affected sites are typically costly because a prolonged period of time is expended by both industry and the regulatory community negotiating cleanup
plans. Often the ultimate goal of "site closure" is not realized by either party. This can result in harsh criticism by the media and environmental groups, which results in adverse public opinion of industry and the regulator. Additionally, this type of negative exposure may increase the risk of third-party legal claims against both parties responsible to assure site cleanup and closure.
Many of the negative aspects associated with the current site cleanup and closure processes for petroleum affected sites in California can be streamlined. The streamlining process follows existing regulatory guidelines but is based on effective communication, cooperation, and a sound technical direction by both industry and the regulatory community. This process can only work if responsibility for the petroleum affected site is accepted up front by industry and the regulatory community is willing to negotiate rather than dictate a cleanup and closure plan.
This paper focuses on a proactive alliance that can be established between industry and the regulatory community. Emphasis has been placed on working together early in the process and establishing common goals. Examples of this process are demonstrated by case studies. Once the process has been completed, both industry and the regulatory community will achieve site closure.
AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90981©1994 AAPG Pacific Section Meeting, Ventura, California, April 27-29, 1994