Waste Minimization in the Oil Field

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Railroad Commission of Texas Waste Minimization Program Goals (24KB)

Railroad Commission Jurisdiction (8KB)

Acknowledgements (5KB)

Chapter 1 (26KB)

    • Introduction
    • Waste Minimization - A Worthwhile Goal
    • What Benefits Does Waste Minimization Produce?
    • Is Waste Minimization Economically Feasible?
    • Waste Management Hierarchy of Preference

Chapter 2 (63KB)

    • Waste Management Plans (The API Ten-Step Process)

Chapter 3 (77KB)

    • Hazardous and Nonhazardous Oil and Gas Wastes
    • Oil and Gas Wastes
    • RCRA and the E&P Exemption
    • Scope of the E&P Exemption
    • Exempt Wastes
    • Nonexempt Wastes
    • Hazardous Oil and Gas Wastes
    • Nonexempt Listed Hazardous Oil and Gas Wastes
    • Nonexempt Characteristically Hazardous Oil and Gas Wastes
    • Mixing Exempt and Nonexempt Wastes
    • Management of Nonhazardous Oil and Gas Wastes
    • Management of Hazardous Oil and Gas Wastes

Chapter 4 (54KB)

    • Potential Waste Generation in Oil and Gas Operations
    • Drilling Operations
    • Oil Field production Operations
    • Gas Field Production and Gas Plant Operations
    • Pipeline Operations
    • Operations in General
    • API Generic List of Hazardous Chemical Categories for the E&P Industry

Chapter 5 (180KB)

    • Waste Minimization and Management in Oil and Gas Operations
    • Source Reduction: An Ounce of Prevention
    • Recycling: Once is Never Enough
    • Waste Minimization Opportunities in Oil and Gas Operations
    • Drilling Operations
    • Production and Workover Operations
    • Natural Gas Treating and Processing Operations
    • Pipeline Operations
    • Opportunities Applicable to All Oil and Gas Operations
    • Recycling Resources
    • Treatment
    • Disposal
    • A Note on the Importance of Segregating Wastes

Chapter 6 (59KB)

    • Success Stories
    • Drilling Operations
    • Production and Workover Operations
    • Natural Gas Procesing Plant Operations
    • Pipelines Operations
    • All Oil and Gas Operations

List of References (9KB)


Appendix A - Regulatory Determination for Oil and Gas and Geothermal Exploration, Development and Production Wastes (140KB)
53 Federal Register 25446-25459 (July 9, 1988)

Appendix B - Clarification of the Regulatory Determination for Wastes From the Exploration, Developement and Production of Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Geothermal Energy (41KB) 
58 Federal Registere 15284-15287 (March 22, 1993)

Appendix C - List of E&P Wastes: Exempt and Nonexempt (18KB)
Exempt Wastes, Nonexempt Wastes, Questionable Status Wastes, Special Category Wastes

Appendix D - TNRCC Regulation of Waste (38KB)
TNRCC Waste Classifications, Disposal of Oil and Gas Wastes at Municipal Landfills Permitted by the TNRCC

Appendix E - List of Sara Title III Chemicals (32KB)

Appendix F - Minimization Opportunities for Wastes Generated in Oil and Gas Operations (97KB)

Appendix G - Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of hazardous Waste; Recycled Used Oil Management Standards(111KB)
59 Federal Register 10550-10560 (March 4, 1994)

Appendix H - Source Reduction and Recycling Resources (44KB)
Railroad Commission of Texas, Other State of Texas Agencies, Other States' Agencies, Federal Agencies, Universities and Colleges, Libraries, Industry Associations and Societies

Appendix I - Glossary and Acronyms (38KB)