Blowouts in sand dunes along pipeline right of ways are a problem facing many pipeline maintenance companies, environmentalists, and public land managers. Blowouts form in sandy soils when the ground surface is not protected from seasonal winds. The ground surface becomes unprotected when there is a lack of vegetation covering the pipeline right of way. Most pipeline maintenance companies are using temporary mitigation methods. Results presented in this study demonstrate that there are low cost, long term solutions to the problem of blowouts along pipeline right of ways. Studies were conducted using three low cost mitigation methods. Branch piles showed that a successful depositional environment could be created at the same time protecting the surface from deflation. The net structures studied, were not as successful, but with further development could be a viable solution. Snow fence was studied in a closed cell configuration, with poor results.
Level of Degree
First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
Bureau of Land Management
Sand Dunes, Blowout, Pipeline, Remediation
Peterson, Knutt. "Remediation of Sand Dune Blowouts Along Pipeline Right of Ways.." (2013). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/geog_etds/16