Handbook of Pollution Prevention and Cleaner Production Vol. 1: Best Practices in the Petroleum Industry


  • Nicholas P Cheremisinoff, Consulting Engineer, Ph.D. (Ch.E.). Consulting engineer
  • Paul Rosenfeld, UCLA School of Public Health; Soil/Water/Air Protection Enterprise, Santa Monica

This new Handbook provides a series of reference guides to cleaner production methods, technologies, and practices for key industry sectors.

Each volume covers, for each industry sector:
* the manufacturing technologies
* waste management
* pollution
* methods for estimating and reporting emissions
* treatment and control technologies
* worker and community health risk exposures
* cost data for pollution management
* cleaner production and prevention alternatives

Best Practices in The Petroleum Industry provides an overview of refineries and gas plant operations and identifies the key Environmental Aspects, supported by case studies of major incidents that resulted in catastrophic releases of oil and refined products, and a critical assessment of the methodology and calculation procedures that the industry relies on in preparing emissions inventories.  The authors offer alternative approaches to providing more accurate emissions estimates, and guidelines on cleaner production and pollution prevention practices for improving overall environmental performance.

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Book information

  • Published: July 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-8155-2035-1

Table of Contents

1. The petroleum industry

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Oil- and gas-field operations

1.3 Gas plant processing operations

1.4 Refining and refinery operations

1.5 Refining technologies

1.6 Further reading

2. The Santa Maria oil sumps

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Environmental health concerns

2.3 Removing total petroleum hydrocarbon from soil

2.4 Current procedure to remove decommissioned petroleum sumps

2.5 Sump identification and remediation in Santa Maria

2.6 Lawsuits

2.7 The current and future Santa Maria

2.8 Conclusion

3. The Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969

3.1 Introduction

3.2 The incident

3.3 Who was responsible for the accident?

3.4 Federal response

3.5 Lawsuits

3.6 Crude oil and the ocean environment

3.7 Specific ecological impact of the Santa Barbara oil spill

3.8 Cleanup efforts

3.9 Impact on legislation and regulations

3.10 Conclusion

4. Exxon Valdez oil spill

4.1 Introduction

4.2 The event

4.3 The environment

4.4 Cleanup processes

4.5 Environmental justice

4.6 Government response

5. Best practices for developing fugitive emissions inventories

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Methodology by which emissions inventories are prepared

5.3 Inherent flaws that contribute to biased reporting

5.4 Toxic Release Inventory

5.5 IPCC assessment and best international practices

5.6 Closing remarks

6. Guidelines for cleaner production

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Best practices

6.3 Other best management practices

6.4 Strategies for reducing flaring

6.5 Sulfur recovery strategies

6.6 Strategies for emissions testing programs