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Migration of Gas from Oil/Gas Fields

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The migration of gas from oil and gas fields to the surface is a problem that can greatly affect areas of urban development. Oilfields have demonstrated a long history of gas migration problems. Experience has shown that the migration of gas to the surface can create a serious potential risk of explosion, fires, noxious odors, and potential emissions of carcinogenic chemicals, such as BTEX. These risks must be seriously examined for any oil and/or gas operations in urban areas. Oilfield operations, however, can be conducted safely if proper precautions are taken.
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Keywords: buoyancy; diffusion; gas migration; intergranular flow; paths of migration

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Earth Engineering Inc., Fallbrook,California, USA 2: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,University of Southern California, Los Angeles,California, USA 3: Russian Academy of Natural Science, USA Branch, Los Angeles,California, USA

Publication date: June 8, 2012

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