Plains Midstream

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Chemistry Matters Inc. was retained by Plains as technical and scientific lead for development and interpretation of data from long term monitoring of the Red Deer river oil spill which occurred in June 2011. In this role, Dr. Sandau:

  • reviewed technical information and reports
  • supervised consultant activities
  • conducted in depth forensics analysis of results to identify data inconsistencies and provide in depth interpretation of contaminant source identification
  • interpreted fish biomonitoring results of contaminants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – PAHs) in fish liver and muscle tissue to evaluate human consumption risk and source of contaminants
  • conducted independent sampling programs on water, soil and sediment as required
  • summarized technical information and presented results to regulators


  • Routine water analysis
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs)
  • Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes (BTEX)
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs; included benzo(a)pyrene, BaP)


  • Environmental forensic data analysis and interpretation
  • Soil sampling
  • Sediment sampling
  • Water sampling

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