Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Landfills hope for oil and gas drilling waste bonanza

Fracking produces 60 to 80 tons of drilling mud and drill cutting wastes per day.

Fracking produces 60 to 80 tons of drilling mud and drill cutting wastes per day.

YOUNGSTOWN — “Local landfill managers are bullish about the prospect of boosting their business volume by accepting waste from oil and gas drilling.

‘That’s a whole new industry, and it will produce, we hope, a nice volume for us, and you’ll be the beneficiaries of that,’ Mike Heher, manager of Allied Waste Services’ Carbon-Limestone Landfill in Poland, recently told the Mahoning County Solid Waste Policy Committee.

…Although Carbon-Limestone is authorized to accept drilling mud and rock waste from oil and gas drilling, it cannot accept brine or radioactive waste, Heher said.

Drilling mud is a fluid mixture that is used as a drilling lubricant and to carry rock cuttings to the surface.

Annual landfill reports show that southeast Ohio landfills’ waste dumping volumes dramatically increased from 2011 to 2012 due to the oil-and-gas industry waste they’ve accepted, Heher told the committee. The same waste volume increases are occurring in landfills in the West Virginia panhandle and near Pittsburgh, Heher said.”

— Peter B Millikin, Youngstown Vindicator

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