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Forensic Geochemical Age Dating and Environmental Litigation

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Course Code: EL0404CA19

Environmental Forensics Petroleum Contamination

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July 26, 2018
8:30am - 4:30pm (Check in time: 8:00am)


This one-day course offers a thorough examination of the science behind environmental forensics age dating of petroleum hydrocarbon contamination, as well as the legal applications of this science.

Petroleum Contamination Age Dating: Scientific Context

The morning session will review and summarize the geochemical work that forms the basis of petroleum product age dating. Students will learn about various approaches to the age dating of gasoline range and distillate range petroleum products, including how to evaluate the following factors for evidence of contamination:

  • Site History
  • Hydrology
  • Dendroecology
  • Isotopes
  • Presence of Selected Index Chemicals
  • Weathering Indices

The advantages and disadvantages of each approach will be discussed and evaluated, including issues of data reliability for various indicator chemicals in use today.

Petroleum Contamination Age Dating: In the Courtroom

In the afternoon session, an experienced environmental forensics trial attorney will discuss hydrocarbon age dating in the legal context, including:

  • The use and application of hydrocarbon age dating in environmental lawsuits
  • Legal roadblocks to the use of petroleum age-dating techniques
  • Serving as an expert in today's legal setting

At the end of the day, students will participate in a mock trial that will link the scientific information taught during the morning session with the legal processes covered in the afternoon. Students will be broken into two groups and asked to prepare testimony for an age dating assignment. One student from each side will serve as testifying witnesses. Through mock direct testimony and cross examination, students will learn how to structure an investigation to stand up in court.


Dr. Michael J. Wade is Principal Scientist of Wade Research, Inc., a small business that provides geochemical consulting services to a variety of government agencies, industrial clients, and law firms. Dr. Wade is an organic geochemist with 25 years of strong technical and project management experience in a variety of research programs with special emphasis on study of petroleum pollution in the environment. His general areas of geochemical expertise are: evaluation of the detailed hydrocarbon composition of petroleum products, assessment of the degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in the environment, innovative hydrocarbon fingerprinting techniques, development of bioremediation approaches for chlorinated and aromatic hydrocarbons, chlorinated and phosphorus pesticides in contaminated soils and sediments, impacts of waste disposal outfalls in the coastal ocean for both industrial and municipal wastes, natural resource damage assessments for major oil spills in U.S. coastal waters, and analytical method development for a wide variety of organic chemical pollutants.

Urs Broderick Furrer, Esq. Managing Partner, Harriton & Furrer, LLP

Continuing Education Credits

In addition to 0.65 Rutgers CEUs, this environmental forensics training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Health Officers & Registered Environmental Health Specialists: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). CEs for Forensics Geochemical Age Dating and Environmental Litigation are still pending.

NJ LSRP CECs: Pending

NJ Professional Engineers: 6.5 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

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Continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


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The Atrium, Sequoia - Room 120
300 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

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Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.