Pennsylvania OKs Use of Drill Cuttings For Road Construction Project

A project that would use nearly 4,000 tons of drill cuttings from natural gas wells in Pennsylvania to help build a road in the northeastern part of the state has been approved by regulators, marking the first time that the material has been authorized for use at a non-industrial site.

September 1, 2016

Freeport-McMoRan Suspending Dividend, Dropping Rigs in Deepwater GOM

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX), which for months has been eyeing strategic options for its U.S.-focused oil and gas business, said Wednesday it has suspended its dividend and is dropping deepwater rigs in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) to cope with deteriorating market conditions.

December 9, 2015

Landfill Drill Cuttings No Cause For Concern, West Virginia Finds

Research conducted for a legislatively mandated study in West Virginia has “found little concern” for the leachate associated with cuttings from unconventional oil and natural gas drilling that were properly disposed in permitted landfills.

July 17, 2015

North Dakota Works to Beef Up NatGas Wellsite Waste Disposal Options

Under a new law (HB 1390), North Dakota oil/natural gas and health department officials are looking to enhance the state’s oversight and handling of waste — including radioactive materials — from drilling sites that have grown substantially in recent years with the oil boom.

June 18, 2015

Drill Cuttings Draw Scrutiny in West Virginia; Debate Unfolds About Proper Disposal

The debate over air and water quality near horizontal drilling sites in West Virginia has given way in recent weeks to one surrounding the delivery and disposal of solid waste, such as drill cuttings, in landfills across the state.

January 13, 2014

North Dakota Proposes Drilling Waste, Fracking Rules

Proposed rule changes for handling drilling waste products and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) were approved Tuesday by the North Dakota Industrial Commission. They drew an immediate negative reaction from the North Dakota Petroleum Council, which claimed the changes would add up to $300,000 of added costs/well.

September 23, 2011

Pennsylvania Muni Authority Seeks Safeguards for Marcellus Operations

A Pennsylvania municipal authority has filed a lawsuit to prevent a Marcellus Shale-related drilling project from proceeding until more watershed protections are in place.

December 2, 2010