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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week


5. 2014’s Booms, Bans, and Busts no. 7: OPEC The 2014 year is on its way out, and Shale Plays Media is taking these last two weeks to recap on numerous major, groundbreaking stories that have impacted the world of oil and gas over the last year. Yesterday,  historical and landmark topics from the past year were highlighted  in an original piece you ...

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Waste management industry set to grow

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A recent report released by MarketsandMarkets forecasts what level of growth the drilling waste management industry will be seeing in the coming years. According to the report, “Drilling Waste Management Market by Services,” the industry is set to grow from $5.3 billion in 2014 to $8.5 billion by 2019 with an approximate compound annual growth rate of 11%. This growth ...

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ND proposes changes in oilfield waste rules

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BISMARCK, N.D.— Oil companies may be allowed to dispose of radioactive oilfield waste at some North Dakota landfills instead of hauling it out of state under new rules proposed by the state Health Department. State regulators said the proposed rules that were publicly announced Friday will help track oilfield waste and come in response to the growing number of illegally ...

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Landfill drops request for tenfold radiation increase

A Wayne County hazardous waste landfill, under scrutiny for taking other state’s low-activity radioactive wastes from oil and gas fracking, has withdrawn a request to state regulators to increase its allowed radiation limits tenfold. Wayne Disposal Inc., operated by USEcology in Van Buren Township, made the decision as Gov. Rick Snyder has convened a special panel looking at the state’s ...

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Dilemma in the Marcellus Shale: How to dispose of radioactive oil and gas waste?


A few months ago, a Marcellus Shale operator approached Leong Ying, business development manager at the radiation measurement division of Thermo Fisher Scientific, with a problem. The driller, whom Mr. Ying declined to name, was trying to dispose of oil and gas waste at area landfills but the trucks kept tripping radiation alarms. Rejected trucks had to be sent back ...

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Landfill taking radioactive waste has history of violations, leaks, fires

Keith Matheny | Detroit Free Press Despite assurances that a Belleville landfill and its partner facility in Van Buren Township that accept radioactive fracking waste are safe, they have been cited for at least 15 violations in the last decade and fined more than $471,000, a Free Press review of state and federal records shows. Wayne Disposal’s owner, USEcology, which ...

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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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