Fuel Spill Expert To Help Advise Government

May 11, 2017 | 2 Comments

Dr John Wilson has arrived on the island at the request of the Ministry of the Environment to advise on the gasoline recovery effort being undertaken by RUBiS and their consultants Arcadis, and the Ministry said that “current monitoring data suggests that the liquid gasoline is contained on the site within 100 ft of the spill location. ”

“He will use his considerable expertise to assist the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with monitoring the clean up,” the Ministry said.

Dr John Wilson Bermuda May 2017

“It is expected Dr. Wilson will advise whether additional methods could be utilized to expedite the recovery of the gasoline from the ground while minimizing the risk of any direct or secondary impacts to neighbours.

“Dr Wilson has considerable experience and has published in this field. He was employed in this role for the US Environmental Protection Agency until 2014. The contract to Government includes this site visit and consulting on the data submitted until March 2018.

Govt Consultant Rubis Spill Bermuda May 2017 (1)

“The current monitoring data suggests that the liquid gasoline is contained on the site within 100 ft of the spill location. Gasoline indicators have not been detected in any of the nearest private wells to the south of site, which are monitored daily.

“The interim vacuum extraction method that has been employed by Arcadis over the past month has recovered some gasoline [4%], which appears to be provisionally in-line with the expected recovery rate from the rock/groundwater some 50 feet below grade.

“The vacuum extraction is also expected to help contain the spill by limiting its spread. A more sophisticated vacuum extraction system [Soil Vapour Extraction – SVE] is currently en route to Bermuda and will arrive within one week. This will be deployed at 6 new wells that have been drilled over the spill area.

Govt Consultant Rubis Spill Bermuda May 2017 (2)

“The public will be aware that RUBiS has contracted Arcadis US Inc., a global leader in environmental remediation. Arcadis US Inc.’s specialists are expected to supervise recovery actions and to test for any water table issues. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as regulators, frequently visit the site to monitor progress.”

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  1. Michael w says:

    so much BS , this is not crude oil it will evaporate without anyone spraying anything on it ,also it is much safer on the island than sunk into the water table,

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