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Most people who work in the oil industry look at the muddy, black mixture of soil, rock fragments and drilling mud that make up drill cuttings and see a liability. They see a useless byproduct that incurs expensive disposal and treatment costs for exploration and production companies.
Gary Beers sees a resource.
Beers, an exploration and production waste recycling expert with Industrial Water Permitting and Recycling Consultants of Littleton, believes those drill cuttings — the leftover materials from drilling oil and gas wells thousands of feet below ground — can be efficiently processed and recycled as road base, providing a cost-effective source of the material operators need to build well pads and access roads in the oil field.
A pilot project slated to take place in Weld County this year is designed to prove Beers’ point. Click here to continue reading.