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Onsite remediation, for drilling wastewater and mud, is one of the most challenging aspects of oilfield design.
Flaring is one of the most controversial ,yet important, parts of operating an active oil or gas pumping operation.
Most reserve pits, built on the oilfield, are divided not by their specific use for processing but rather they length of time they’ll hold the same wastewater.
Most of the pits and ponds installed around an oilfield will be filled with liquids and sludges that are lightly to heavily flammable.
Drilling pads are the heart of the oilfield operation and they deserve plenty of attention to ensure they’re meeting all local and state regulations on environmental protection.
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.
Oilfield pits of all types and sizes require proper lining to retain their wastewater loads.
Pits and ponds are used for storing various types of waste in almost every major industry.
The oilfield is technically just the deposit of oil itself and the land or water above it.
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.