EPA speeds regs for offshore synthetic-based mud

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in unusual cooperation with industry work groups, has chosen a streamlined approach to resolve synthetic-based mud (SBM) discharge regulations for offshore operations.EPA recognizes that current regulations and permits inadequately address SBM discharge issues, instead agreeing to modify the offshore and coastal effluent limitation guidelines (ELGs). An SBM is a drilling fluid believed to be environmentally friendly.Drilling fluidsDrilling oil and gas wells generates two types of drilling wastes-drilling fluids and drill cuttings. The term "drilling fluids" or "drilling muds" applies to fluids used to help maintain well control, condition the wel...

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