Rising drilling-waste costs promote novel technologies, approaches

The rising cost of handling drilling wastes is forcing the industry to implement cost-effective and novel technologies and approaches to meet ever-tightening regulations.A global survey reveals the cost of managing drilling waste will continue to rise. The survey entailed personal in-depth interviews with more than 100 drilling managers and engineers, including operator environmental specialists, and key governmental regulators across 12 mature and developing regions.Along with the forecast economics of dealing with waste generated by the drilling process, the survey found several trends in waste-management technology for meeting changes in environmental requirements.The survey had two ob...

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