Airports are potential, and quite frequently also actual, sources of serious groundwater pollution. This is due to the large amounts of liquid fuel being handled all the time, to the physicochemical properties of oil hydrocarbons, and often to technical errors in the transport and storage of fuels. The enfironment is further affected by liquid and gaseous emissions escaping during the take-off and landing of aircraft. Prevention is the most efficient way of protecting groundwater from oil pollution. Preventive surveys are based on the drilling of observation wells at suitable points of the potentially endangered areas. Monitoring of these wells provides timely detection of possible leaks of oil products into the aquifer. In the case of an emergency, it is necessary to remove, as soon as possible, the oil substances from the surface or to remove the contaminated soil. When the contaminant has penetrated into the aquifer, the reparatory measures are usually based on hydraulic protection which consists of a system of boreholes. The respective hydrocarbon product is removed from the formation by pumping, the process being speeded up by the change in groundwater flow caused by the creation of depression cones. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Springer Verlag

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    New York, NY  United States  10010
  • Authors:
    • Svoma, J
    • Houzim, V
  • Publication Date: 1984

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  • Accession Number: 00391772
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1985 12:00AM