Offsite oil field waste disposal varies across U.S.

John A. Veil Argonne National LaboratoryWashington, D.C. These drilling mud disposal pits are in Ector County, Tex. (photo courtesy of Russ Hickerson). These disposal pits in Ector County, Tex., are filled with solids and then covered by soil (photo courtesy of Russ Hickerson). Cost and availability of offsite commercial oil field waste disposal vary considerably across the U.S. and substantially depend on such factors as the disposal method, the state in which the disposal company is located, and the degree of competition in the area. U.S oil and gas exploration and production generate millions of barrels of nonhazardous oil field wastes annually. ...

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