Waste not...

Disposing of oil field waste remains a crucial topic both from the standpoint of industry costs and environmental concerns. To educate the public on a secure method for dealing with this waste stream, the US Department of Energy's National Petroleum Technology Office (NPTO) has produced a brochure on salt caverns as disposal sites.Several sites are in operation. In the mid-1990s, the Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) issued permits for six such disposal sites for nonhazardous oil field wastes (NOW). Of these, four are being used-three in West Texas bedded salts and one in an East Texas salt dome. NOW streams include drilling mud, drill cuttings, produced sand, tank bottoms, contaminated ...

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