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With so many lining materials commonly sold for pond use today, it’s easy to assume that the majority of them might work well for pits on the oilfield.
Frac pits may be designed with care and covered with liners warrantied to last decades, but they’re usually only used from six months to a few years at most.
Hydraulic fracturing sites often have half a dozen or more unique types of ponds and pits in order to manage the various risks around the property.
Selecting the right liner material is important for every pond, impoundment, and other water-holding area.
With millions of gallons of fresh water going into each hydraulic fracturing well, it’s no wonder that hundreds of thousands of gallons can come back out.
It’s well-known that produced water, in particular, can have negative effects on the water and soil surrounding the oil field.
The hydraulic fracturing work site is often full of various basins, pits, and ponds to hold fluids and other materials close to the active well pads.
If you’re looking at the cost of building multiple containment basins for your oil field, you may wonder why you need concrete or flexible polymer liners at all.
When you first begin researching and planning for secondary containment on an oil field, it’s necessary to start at the top and work downward in terms of regulations.
Reading the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations is a good place to start when planning secondary containment for an oil field.
Since there’s often a lower volume of storage and a greater focus on production on the oil field, many operators and owners wonder why they need to be so concerned with spills at all.
Every containment situation, even for a single 55-gallon drum of oil, comes with its own challenges.
There are dozens of components that go into a complete secondary containment system. However, there are some basics that form the backdrop of the containment plan.
Oil fields and refineries create some of the most challenging containment situations due to their scale and volume.
Oil and fuel may run today’s modern world, but they’re also hazardous materials.
Crude oil isn’t the only petrochemical that needs special handling and secondary containment.
All transfer zones used for the loading and unloading of oil need special attention to secondary containment.
Both onshore and offshore oil mining and processing facilities need containment. However, controlling the spread of oil in water is often far harder than on the ground.
When planning an oil containment system, it’s best to start by verifying you have all the relevant regulations and codes at your disposal.
While the EPA mandates a wide range of different complementary oil containment methods, most of them work best when flexible liners are involved.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may require secondary oil containment methods for most oil storage tanks depending on volume.
Storing or transporting large volumes of oil always creates a risk of a spill.
Oil and its byproducts are some of the most challenging liquids to contain.
Even with the right secondary containment pads and other measures, you still need basic spill protection procedures for emergencies.
Containment pads take plenty of planning and careful installation, but you’ll only need to do minimal maintenance on a monthly basis to keep your pads in good shape.