Boron in Soil

What’s the deal with boron?

Well it’s a compound that can naturally be found through the weathering process of parent rock/minerals as well as decay of plant material. Where its not natural? Boron is often found with produced water, agricultural sources such as fertilizer, and industrial sources. What’s the concern? Boron is an essential micro-nutrient for plants, but like anything not taken in moderation, can have negative effects.

Formerly the boron guideline in Alberta was based on “professional judgement”. One problem with that, background concentrations in Alberta often exceeded the former guideline of 2 ppm because of our clay soils, and well that’s not fair! So for the last 8 years, a new boron guideline has been in the making, one with risk-based criteria (lots of laboratory work and modelling). The catch, the use of a different analytical method that is considered more representative of available boron. So while there is a perceivable industry sigh of relief in 2016 with a release of new guidelines and methods…there’s also an adjustment and re-evaluation period going on.

If you’d like to know more about the development of the new guidelines you can visit the Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research website:

Professional Development

Congratulations to our very own Daniel Faucher on achieving his Registered Technologist in Agrology (R.T. (Ag.)) designation through the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. Nichols promotes continuing education and professional development as core value which is reflected in our Corporate Philosophy.

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Injection Headers

A Success Story...

Nichols has completed the installation of injection headers to deliver chemical oxidant within an active dry cleaning facility.  The installation allows for the ongoing in-situ treatment of contaminants in the groundwater, while minimizing disruption to facility operations.

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NAPL Recovery Systems

Nichols has successfully installed Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) recovery systems for our client sites in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  The recovery systems can be used in remote locations where NAPL is present in the subsurface and are a cost effective solution for managing NAPL.

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Petroleum Storage Tank Removal

Nichols' comprehensive experience in petroleum storage tank management includes both upstream and downstream clients. Our technical staff is familiar with all aspects of underground storage tanks, ranging from pressure testing, contractor supervision while directing the removal of UST's, and the remediation of impacted soil and groundwater.  Learn more about PST removal here.

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