Finally! Some help for the land farming.
Railroad Commission Updates Guidelines for Processing Minor Permits
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. – Texas Environmental Update, 2009
Earlier this month, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) published an update to its Guidelines for Processing Minor Permits Associated with Statewide Rule 8 (“Minor Permit Guidelines”). The updated Minor Permit Guidelines address the application and permit requirements for minor permits for land farming water base drilling fluids and cuttings and land treating oily waste.
Among other things, the application requirements for land farming water base mud and land treating oily waste have been amended to clarify that minor permits may only be issued to the generator of the waste and that no more than one minor permit will be issued for one disposal site. Additional application content requirements are established. The updated Minor Permit Guidelines also include analytical guidelines and notice and protest guidelines.
For additional information about the Minor Permit Guidelines, please see the RRC website at http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/.
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"Land Farming" must be the most white-washed term I have ever heard come out of this industry. "Land Farm" creates less concern that calling it what it really is "Toxic waste dump on open land."
You are right ANON above. Also Land Farming is used because the landowner can continue to claim Ag exemption for property taxes in Texas. What a joke! His plot of land ought to be taxed as an industrial site when Land Farming is used in any single year. As far as the RRC is concerned, this is just a "baby step" in the right direction.
A step forward is better than a step back and it give inspiration to those who spend tireless hours exposing this craziness we call gas well production in Texas.
People who are up for re-election seems to be throwing these token efforts out there so they will have something positive to say during their campaigning.
Maybe I am being cynical. I am sure a large part of the change is because people are starting to demand it and being very vocal and involved in making themselves and their communities opinions heard.
It's very simple, become so much of a pain, it becomes easier to deal with the problem than to deal with US. 🙂 …and to think, Mom said my annoying attitude would never do any good.
This stuff should be tested right out of the pit, before the chemicals have had a chance to evaporate so we can breathe them, and before rain and run off washes them into our drinking water supply to discover later and then wonder, where did that stuff come from. I wonder how many people have tested this stuff right out of the pit before they let it be spread all over their land. Are they really accepting the line that it is "good fertilizer" or does the money cloud the truth?
they do test it before it leaves the rig site.
Who is “they.” Are you talking about industry? I know about industry testing. Real testing and industry testing rarely jives.
Relax. Industry tests it so it's bound to be safe. /snark
Thermal Recovery Unit can be mounted on a trailer and is capable of incineration of liquid, solid, oil, sludge, soil, chemical and medical waste etc. Output is CO2 – H20 and "granules." Video shows a working model, and computer simulation. A turbine can be attached to create electricity. The vent of CO2 and H20 is a perfect "fit" for an algae bioreactor….
I'm sending this not to upset you, but rather as an alternative solution that can be provided. If not the Thermal Recovery Unit, another similiar device. Anything better than dumping the toxic chemical fracking leftovers on the ground.
Best of luck to you!
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That seems promising if the gasses generated are truly "mostly harmless." And I love the idea of directing the CO2 into an algae tank.