Our personnel responded to a call from a natural gas liquids client for emergency response services at a brine pipeline release at an underground storage facility. While preparing several caverns for abandonment, a release of saturated brine occurred in one area, allowing brine to reach an intermittent stream and travel down the creek channel for approximately 2 miles before it was dammed in place.
Emergency response activities included removing the brine using vac-trucks and flushing the creek channel with fresh water. All recovered fluids were disposed of in the on-site Class 1 Disposal Well. Confirmation soil sampling was conducted following release response activities. Our personnel assisted the client in determining appropriate response actions, interaction with regulatory personnel, documentation of response activities, interaction with Kansas Fish and Wildlife personnel, evaluation of impact from the brine and summary reporting to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
After the release response, we assisted the client with preparation of a release response summary and transition of the site from emergency response to the KDHE oversight in the State Cooperative Program.