Disposal of oil field wastes into salt caverns: Feasibility, legality, risk, and costs

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Salt caverns can be formed through solution mining in the bedded or domal salt formations that are found in many states. Salt caverns have traditionally been used for hydrocarbon storage, but caverns have also been used to dispose of some types of wastes. This paper provides an overview of several years of research by Argonne National Laboratory on the feasibility and legality of using salt caverns for disposing of oil field wastes, the risks to human populations from this disposal method, and the cost of cavern disposal. Costs are compared between the four operating US disposal caverns and other commercial ... continued below

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Veil, J.A. October 1, 1997.

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Salt caverns can be formed through solution mining in the bedded or domal salt formations that are found in many states. Salt caverns have traditionally been used for hydrocarbon storage, but caverns have also been used to dispose of some types of wastes. This paper provides an overview of several years of research by Argonne National Laboratory on the feasibility and legality of using salt caverns for disposing of oil field wastes, the risks to human populations from this disposal method, and the cost of cavern disposal. Costs are compared between the four operating US disposal caverns and other commercial disposal options located in the same geographic area as the caverns. Argonne`s research indicates that disposal of oil field wastes into salt caverns is feasible and legal. The risk from cavern disposal of oil field wastes appears to be below accepted safe risk thresholds. Disposal caverns are economically competitive with other disposal options.

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  • 4. international petroleum environmental conference, San Antonio, TX (United States), 9-12 Sep 1997

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  • Other: DE97054147
  • Report No.: ANL/EA/CP--92672
  • Report No.: CONF-970990--1
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 537275
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc696924

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Veil, J.A. Disposal of oil field wastes into salt caverns: Feasibility, legality, risk, and costs, article, October 1, 1997; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc696924/: accessed September 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.