Site Investigation and Evaluation of Remedial Alternatives for the Vinson Site, Jones County, Texas

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The Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) conducted an environmental assessment at the Vinson site in Jones County, Texas (RRC Cleanup Code B-50212), from March through August of 1997. The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) prioritized the assessment of the Vinson site because of a complaint of crude oil impact in the Vinson water-supply wells. Previous RRC investigations included monitoring of the replugging of three former oil wells and pressure testing of a crude oil pipeline located within 1 mile of the site. At the start of this assessment, the source of crude oil and its subsurface extent were undetermined. During the investigation, BEG delineated the extent of subsurface crude oil impact and excluded several potential sources. However, the source of the crude oil at the Vinson site remains unproven.


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