Mutagenicity of Shale Oil Components

  • R. A. Pelroy
  • M. R. Petersen
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 15)


Raw shale oil is a complex chemical mixture differing from most crude petroleums in having comparatively high concentrations of basic (nitrogen-containing) and phenolic compounds, in addition to having neutral compounds and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon (PNA) constituents more commonly found in crude oils (7). In the work described below, we have investigated the mutagenicity of a pilot plant sample of a crude shale oil (designated LO1) and two subfractions derived from this material.


Fraction Mixture Assay Plate Complex Fraction Basic Fraction Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbon 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Pelroy
    • 1
  • M. R. Petersen
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentRichlandUSA

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