Potential environmental benefits from regulatory consideration of synthetic drilling muds

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When drilling exploration and production wells for oil and gas, drillers use specialized drilling fluids, referred to as muds, to help maintain well control and to remove drill cuttings from the hole. Historically, either water-based muds (WBMs) or oil-based muds (OBMs) have been used for offshore wells. Recently, in response to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and drilling-waste discharge requirements imposed by North Sea nations, the drilling industry has developed several types of synthetic-based muds (SBMs) that combine the desirable operating qualities of OBMs with the lower toxicity and environmental impact qualities of WBMs. This report describes the operational, ... continued below

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Burke, C.J. & Veil, J.A. February 1, 1995.

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When drilling exploration and production wells for oil and gas, drillers use specialized drilling fluids, referred to as muds, to help maintain well control and to remove drill cuttings from the hole. Historically, either water-based muds (WBMs) or oil-based muds (OBMs) have been used for offshore wells. Recently, in response to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and drilling-waste discharge requirements imposed by North Sea nations, the drilling industry has developed several types of synthetic-based muds (SBMs) that combine the desirable operating qualities of OBMs with the lower toxicity and environmental impact qualities of WBMs. This report describes the operational, environmental, and economic features of all three types of muds and discusses potential EPA regulatory barriers to wider use of SBMs.

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INIS; OSTI as DE95011787

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  • Other Information: PBD: Feb 1995

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  • Other: DE95011787
  • Report No.: ANL/EAD/TM--43
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • DOI: 10.2172/71322 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 71322
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc706404

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Burke, C.J. & Veil, J.A. Potential environmental benefits from regulatory consideration of synthetic drilling muds, report, February 1, 1995; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc706404/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.