Site Specific Remediation Planner
Remediation of brine scars to soil resources caused by the historic production of oil and gas can be achieved. Although every problem or situation can not be anticipated for each site, the steps listed below will be useful in designing an effective and economic remediation plan for most Kansas sites.
Step 1: Soil Characterization - Collect and perform specific lab analyses of several soil samples.
Soil is the first concern; to learn more about the basics of soil science, soil sampling, and soil testing, refer to the websites listed below:
To develop a site specific remediation plan, the first step is to analyze the soil for total salinity and sodium content.
The soil at the site must be sampled in an organized and complete manner over the entire scarred area. This can be best accomplished by collecting several "composite samples" across the scarred area to determine average soil properties. A soil sampling guide is available to assist you in the proper method of collecting and documenting soil data.
After collecting the samples, laboratory analyses need to be performed for the following necessary constituents:
Many commercial soil labs can perform these analyses. A listing of state certified environmental labs in Kansas may be found at http://www.kdheks.gov/envlab/. Soil samples can also be economically analyzed for the necessary constituents by requesting a "Salt Alkali" analysis from the KSU Soil Laboratory, which is located at 2308 Throckmorton Hall, Manhattan, KS, 66506. Once the samples have been analyzed, a remediation plan can be generated by entering the SCAR Planner online system below.
The recommendations provided will also include some useful information regarding cover plants. Additional information can be found at the Kansas Biological Survey (KBS) website