Pollution Cleanup, Sidney, Nebraska
Dave Searle, project manager for Marathon Oil Company, takes water samples from the companies contamination cleanup site west of Sidney, Nebraska. Hydrocarbons contaminated the groundwater here porducing benzene concentrations of as high as 150 PPB. Without acknowledging that their natural gas plant caused the problem, Marathon Oil has undertaken to clean up the groundwater by pumping from 14 wells in the pollution plume and braodcasting the water through a cneter pivot irrigation system. The Hydrocarbons evaporate into the atmosphere. Searly is collecting water samples at ground level.