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Main Title Economic Analysis Final Effluent Limitations Guidelines Standards for Synthetic-Based Drilling Fluids and Other Non-Aqueous Drilling Fluids in the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category.
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Water.
Publisher Dec 2000
Year Published 2000
Report Number EPA/821/B-00/012;
Stock Number PB2001-103359
Additional Subjects Water pollution standards ; Petroleum industry ; Drilling fluids ; Natural gas industry ; Offshore drilling ; Well drilling ; Economic analysis ; Guidelines ; Point sources ; Final effluent limitations ; Oil extraction ; Gas extraction
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is regulating the discharge of synthetic-based drilling fluids (SBFs), other non-aqueous drilling fluids, and the resultant contaminated drill cuttings from drilling operations. This Economic Analysis (EA) report is written to address the economic impacts of this Final Effluent Limitation Guidelines for Synthetic-Based and Other Non-Aqueous Drilling Fluids. Currently, effluent guidelines pertaining to the discharge of drilling fluids addresses two specific types of fluids: Oil-based drilling (OBFs) that use diesel and mineral oil, which are prohibited from being discharged; Water-based drilling fluids (WBFs) which can be discharged in certain limited offshore regions subject to meeting certain discharge requirements, including a sheen test and an aqueous toxicity test. In many cases, SBFs and SBF-contaminated cuttings are not clearly prohibited from discharge, nor are they clearly allowed to be discharged, since the relevant effluent guidelines that define allowable conditions for discharge of drilling fluids and cuttings were developed before SBFs and other non-aqueous drilling fluids were widely available.