the hydrocarbon threat to Canada’s groundwater
Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University of Toronto
Hydrocarbon pollution of groundwater is a widespread problem
in both rural and urban settings and a major concern for the
millions of Canadians who rely on groundwater for their water
supply. Key pollutants include oil and gas hydrocarbons from
leaking underground storage tanks and pipelines, and chlorinated
hydrocarbons, which are commonly used as manufacturing solvents,
degreasing agents, and dry cleaning solutions.
Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar is internationally recognized
for her research on the innovative use of natural isotope
signatures to “fingerprint” and track contaminants,
and measure the effectiveness of cleanup strategies. She will
talk about her research and about the leading role that Canadian
hydrogeologists are playing in finding ways to remove harmful
chemicals from the water supply.
Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar, FRSC is a Professor in Geology,
and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the
University of Toronto, and Director of the Stable Isotope
Laboratory. She has published extensively on geochemistry
and environmental science and has earned numerous major research
awards for her work. In 2000, she was profiled as one of TIME
Canada’s “Leaders for the 21st Century”
based on her research on innovative techniques for tracking
organic contaminants in groundwater.
Simultaneous translation will be provided.
DATE: Thursday, May 5, 2005
Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC)