Environmental Effects of the January 2, 1988, Diesel Oil Spill Into the Monongahela River—Progress Report
An investigation is being conducted into the environmental effects resulting from the January 2, 1988, storage tank collapse that spilled over 700,000 gallons of diesel oil into the Monongahela River near Pittsburgh. The study includes an analysis of the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the spill to assess shortand long-term environmental impacts. Work has involved analyzing the spill event to determine the rate of oil discharge into the river, compiling available water quality data from the spill to determine the progress and fate of the oil during the event, a mass balance, and gathering of field data to assess potential impacts on sediment, fish and wildlife. Results indicate the spill created only small to moderate environmental effects over the first 185 miles downriver. The majority of the spill was initially deposited over this region. Subsequently, heavy rains resuspended and carried away much of the oil, except in localized areas. The possibility of more subtle environmental effects is being considered for further studies.
KeywordsSuspended Sediment River Bottom Spill Site Spill Event River Flow Rate
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