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One of the most important Commission goals is to ensure that Texas natural resources are not wasted. As a result, reclamation from oil and gas waste streams is highly encouraged.
Tank bottoms are one of the most commmon sources of reclaimed oil. Tank bottoms are made up of material that accumulates in the bottoms of oil holding tanks. Particulates from oil settle out and over time form a mixture of mud, cuttings, and oil on the bottom of the tank. These tank bottoms can be sent to a RRC-permitted Reclamation Plant to be treated to separate the oil from the waste.
Reclamation of oil and gas waste is most commonly accomplished using one of two methods: separation by heat, or mechanical separation. Using a heat source, the operator can separate oil from the oil and gas waste by utilizing the hydrocarbon's boiling point which is lower than the surrounding solids. A centrifuge can also be used. A centrifuge moves the mixture rapidly in a circle causing the mixture to separate by each constituent's density.
Statewide Rule 57 governs permitting and operation of Reclamation Plants. To apply for a Reclamation Plant permit fill out a Form R-9. Instructions for the Form R-9 can be found here.