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Abstract: Exploration Previous HitSoilNext Hit Gas Methods that Reduce Site Characterization Costs

Arthur J. Pyron

Initial site characterization of impacted or suspected sites is the most important portion of an integrated environmental remediation program. By use of passive Previous HitsoilNext Hit gas (PSG) characterization methods, the author has saved his clients significant sums of money by expediting the characterization phase of a project, thus eliminating unnecessary drilling and sampling. He has also been able to advance remedial response by allowing better design of the characterization program. Several commercial products are available which incorporate the principals of the PSG methodology described herein.

Using a decidedly low tech approach, the PSG methodology described herein can be used to identify impacted areas on a given site prior to installation of Previous HitsoilNext Hit borings and monitoring wells. The method is low impact and does not attract unwanted attention to a potentially impacted site. Given the passive nature of the method, it allows a more accurate evaluation of subsurface Previous HitsoilNext Hit gas conditions, and allows placement of subsequent subsurface tests (whether Previous HitsoilTop borings or monitoring wells) in optimum positions for accurate characterization. This approach minimizes the number of wells needed to characterize a site, eliminates over-characterization and unnecessary drilling, and provides lateral data which in turn allows a client to determine the extent of any liability on a select propert . By identifying the extent of his problem, the client can more realistically evaluate his liability and project a budget for completion of remediation. It also allows him to more easily identify the most effective remediation approach. The PSG method allows rapid characterization and priortization of multiple sites, thus allowing a more effective use of environmental budgets.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90954©1995 AAPG Eastern Section, Schenectady, New York