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Date published: August 31, 2017

Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Visits Reston Biogeochemical Processes in Groundwater Laboratory

Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recently visited Reston to share his vision for the U.S. Geological Survey. He visited with USGS personel and stopped by the Reston Biogeochemical Processes in Groundwater Laboratory to learn more about what we do.

Date published: June 9, 2017

Isabelle Cozzarelli Receives Meritorious Service Award

Dr. Isabelle M. Cozzarelli received the U.S. Department of Interior's second highest honorary award—the 2017 Meritorious Service Award—for her numerous contributions to understanding the biogeochemical controls of contaminant degradation in groundwater and near-surface environments.

Date published: December 1, 2016

Salting the Earth: The Environmental Impact of Oil and Gas Wastewater Spills

For five days in July 2014, a broken pipe spilled more than one million gallons of wastewater produced by unconventional oil drilling into a steep ravine filled with natural springs and beaver dams on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Date published: March 31, 2016

RBPGL Helps Identify Crude-oil Metabolites in Subsurface Plumes

USGS scientists are studying two subsurface crude-oil spill sites in Minnesota measured concentrations of oil breakdown products (metabolites) at greater concentrations than parent compound concentrations.

Date published: December 15, 2015

Ethanol-Containing Fuel Spills Enhanced Natural Trace Element Release from Sediments in an Experimental Setting

Experimental field research simulating hydrocarbon spills by researchers from the USGS (including RBPGL), Virginia Tech, and the University of St. Thomas showed that mixed ethanol and petroleum-based fuels increased the rate by which arsenic and other natural trace elements are released from aquifer sediments to groundwater when compared to petroleum-based fuels alone.

Date published: November 13, 2015

Landfill Leachate Contains a Mixture of Contaminants including Pharmaceuticals

New scientific research from the USGS details how landfill leachate, disposed from landfills to environmental pathways, is host to numerous contaminants of emerging concern (CECs).

Date published: November 1, 2015

RBPGL presents at 2015 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

Multiple RBPGL papers were presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Baltimore, November 1-4, 2015, highlighting current research on crude oil natural attenuation and environmental impacts of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) wastewater.

Date published: January 26, 2015

Natural Breakdown of Petroleum Underground Can Lace Arsenic into Groundwater

In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground can promote the chemical release (mobilization) of naturally occurring arsenic into groundwater. This geochemical change can result in potentially significant arsenic groundwater contamination.

Date published: November 7, 2014

Hydraulic Fracturing Research Featured on "Living on Earth"

Reston Biogeochemical Processes in Groundwater Laboratory's work on hydraulic fracturing was recently featured on Public Radio International program "Living on Earth". Listen to the program here.