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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Profiles of Spent Drilling Fluids Deposited at Emu-Uno, Delta State, Nigeria

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The concentrations and profiles of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were determined in spent drilling fluid deposited at Emu-Uno, Delta State of Nigeria. The total concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the spent drilling fluid deposits ranged between 40 and 770 μg kg−1. The PAHs profile were predominantly 2- and 3-rings with acenaphthalene, phenanthrene, fluorene being the predominant PAHs. The prevalence of 2- and 3-rings PAHs in the spent drilling fluid deposits indicate contamination of the drilling fluids with crude oil during drilling. Incorporation of spent drilling fluids into the soil has serious implication for soil, surface water and groundwater quality.

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Iwegbue, C.M.A. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Profiles of Spent Drilling Fluids Deposited at Emu-Uno, Delta State, Nigeria. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 87, 469 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-011-0372-2

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Keywords

  • Spent drilling fluids
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Soil contamination