Avoiding EPA’s Definition of Sham Recycling

World Oil
March 31,2017

In the Executive Viewpoint for the March issue of World Oil Jeffery Tyson, PE discusses the indicators for sham recycling, as defined by the U.S. EPA.

Oil and gas companies have a lot to consider when running their operations, including how to properly dispose of their wastes, and should ensure that they are aware of possible pitfalls and changes. One of those pitfalls is when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers a company’s treatment of its drilling waste as “sham recycling.”

Exploration and production (E&P) activities produce wastes and by-products. At the federal level, these wastes are governed by the EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Per current RCRA definitions, E&P wastes such as solid drilling waste (drilling mud and cuttings that are produced from drilling a new wellbore into the subsurface) are exempt from hazardous-waste rules, and are therefore left up to individual states to regulate. Continue Reading