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Taking a stance against fracking waste

Fracking fluid and other drilling wastes are dumped into an unlined pit located

FAYETTEVILLE — Taking a stand against the disposal of hydraulic fracking brine and drill cuttings, the Fayette County Commission is moving forward with an ordinance that would ban the storage, disposal or use of oil and natural gas waste countywide. The with a quorum of two, commissioners Denise Scalph and Matt Wender passed the ordinance on first reading Tuesday, and ...

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Truck headed for Yukon landfill spills content

A truck delivering wet cuttings from a natural gas drilling operation to MAX Environmental Technologies Inc.’s landfill in Yukon spilled the substance on roads leading to the landfill entrance sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning, the company and local officials said. MAX Environmental officials said Wednesday they hired an outside contractor to clean the road Tuesday after the spill ...

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TENORM rules: The right step forward for North Dakota regulators

North Dakota regulators have taken a big step forward this year by proposing regulations for the management of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material, commonly referred to as TENORM.  TENORM is a concentrated form of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and results when low-level radioactive elements are produced with fluids from the wellbore and accumulate as the result of filtration, ...

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ND mulling project to recycle oil drilling waste for roads

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers are looking at a project to treat and recycle the drilling waste for road building and other uses. The measure would set aside about $65,000 for the state Health Department to monitor a project and develop standards. Companies targeting the rich Bakken shale formation in western North Dakota get more than crude oil when ...

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Shale drillers’ landfill records don’t match those of Pennsylvania DEP


Anya Litvak | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EQT Corp. told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it sent 21 tons of drill cuttings from its Marcellus Shale wells to area landfills in 2013. But landfills in southwestern Pennsylvania told a different story. Six facilities in this part of the state reported receiving nearly 95,000 tons of drill cuttings and fracking fluid ...

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Time is short to avert shale industry’s imminent radioactive dilemma


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Debate surrounding the health effects of hydraulic fracturing tends to center around a few figurehead issues. The potential for oil spills from wells or pipelines, air and noise pollution from drilling activities and contamination of underground drinking water supplies often dominate the conversation, prompting ill-informed standoffs between a public concerned for its safety and ...

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A new way to recycle drill cuttings in the Bakken

drill bits recycling

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM WILLISTON, N.D. – A byproduct of oil drilling that generates a huge amount of waste could one day be recycled in North Dakota, but state health officials say they haven’t yet seen a proposal that would protect the environment. Several companies have presented ideas to the North Dakota Department of Health to treat drill ...

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