Characterization of trace gases measured over Alberta oil sands mining operations: 76 speciated C 2 –C 10 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), CO 2 , CH 4 , CO, NO, NO 2 , NO y , O 3 and SO 2

  title={Characterization of trace gases measured over Alberta oil sands mining operations: 76 speciated C 2 –C 10 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), CO 2 , CH 4 , CO, NO, NO 2 , NO y , O 3 and SO 2},
  author={Isobel J. Simpson and Nicola J. Blake and Barbara Barletta and Glenn S. Diskin and Henry E. Fuelberg and Katrine Gorham and Lewis Gregory Huey and Simone Meinardi and F. Sherwood Rowland and Stephanie A. Vay and Andrew J. Weinheimer and M. M. Yang and Donald Ray Blake},
  journal={Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics},
Abstract. Oil sands comprise 30% of the world's oil reserves and the crude oil reserves in Canada's oil sands deposits are second only to Saudi Arabia. The extraction and processing of oil sands is much more challenging than for light sweet crude oils because of the high viscosity of the bitumen contained within the oil sands and because the bitumen is mixed with sand and contains chemical impurities such as sulphur. Despite these challenges, the importance of oil sands is increasing in the… 

Characterization of Volatile Organic Compounds from Oil and Natural Gas Emissions in North America

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Monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from an oil and gas station in northwest China for 1 year

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Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds in Froth Multiphase Systems from Oil Sands Operations Using a Headspace GC–MS Method

Degradation of air quality due to oil sands operations is one of the largest concerns for stakeholders and regulators. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from tailings ponds are an important

Oil sands operations as a large source of secondary organic aerosols.

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Waste Containment Ponds Are a Major Source of Secondary Organic Aerosol Precursors from Oil Sands Operations.

Simulated OS extraction is simulated and comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography is used to quantify and characterize direct air emissions, bitumen froth, residual wastewater, and tailings components, ultimately enabling fate modeling of over 1500 chromatographic features simultaneously.

Speciation of VOC emissions related to offshore North Sea oil and gas production

Abstract. The North Sea is Europe's key oil and gas (O&G) basin with the output currently meeting 3–4 % of global oil supply. Despite this, there are few observational constraints on the nature of

Observations of VOC emissions and photochemical products over US oil- and gas-producing regions using high-resolution H3O+ CIMS (PTR-ToF-MS)

Abstract. VOCs related to oil and gas extraction operations in the United States were measured by H3O+ chemical ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (H3O+ ToF-CIMS/PTR-ToF-MS) from aircraft

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[1] The multispecies analysis of daily air samples collected at the NOAA Boulder Atmospheric Observatory (BAO) in Weld County in northeastern Colorado since 2007 shows highly correlated alkane

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Crude oil is an essential resource for the world. About 40% of the world’s total supply of energy, and 95% of the energy used in the transportation industry comes from oil and with global consumption



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Measurements of volatile organic compounds during the 2006 TexAQS/GoMACCS campaign: Industrial influences, regional characteristics, and diurnal dependencies of the OH reactivity

[1] An extensive set of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other gas phase species were measured in situ aboard the NOAA R/V Ronald H. Brown as the ship sailed in the Gulf of Mexico and the

Ambient volatile organic compound (VOC) concentrations around a petrochemical complex and a petroleum refinery.

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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were measured at two sites in a highly industrialized zone in western Canada from September 2004 to March 2006. Principal component analysis (PCA) with varimax

Volatile organic compounds in northern New England marine and continental environments during the ICARTT 2004 campaign

[1] Volatile organic compound (VOC) measurements were made during the summer 2004 International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation (ICARTT) at Thompson Farm (TF), a

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The results suggest that the microbial communities in the MFT can readily utilize certain fractions of unrecovered naphtha in oil sands tailings and support methanogenesis in settling basins.

Industrial sources influence air concentrations of hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide in rural areas of western Canada.

The results suggest that oil and gas extraction activities contribute to air pollution in rural areas of western Canada.