Oil & Natural Gas Projects
Exploration and Production Technologies
Interactive Information System on Drilling-Waste Management Practices
This project was funded through DOE's Natural Gas and Oil Technology Partnership
Program. The program establishes alliances that combine the resources and experience
of the nation's petroleum industry with the capabilities of the national laboratories
to expedite research, development, and demonstration of advanced technologies
for improved natural gas and oil recovery.
The goal of the project was to make information on various drilling-waste management
options available through the Internet.
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
San Ramon, CA
Marathon Oil Company
Drilling waste management practices vary throughout the world and are subject
to legal requirements imposed by regulatory agencies to protect human health
and the environment in particular jurisdictions. ANL has developed a Drilling-Waste
Management Information System (DWMIS) website, which summarizes applicable technologies
and regulatory information for individual states and federal agencies.
ANL worked with industry partners ChevronTexaco and Marathon Oil to develop
an interactive website that provides comprehensive information on drilling-waste
management. DWMIS was placed online June 2, 2004 (http://web.ead.anl.gov/dwm).
DWMIS will benefit both small independent and large multinational operators
by providing easy access to U.S. regulations and waste management options, thus
allowing them to choose the option with the most environmental and economic
benefits. The regulatory information, with its links back to agency websites,
should be a particularly valuable resource. This information will allow operators
to select the options with the most environmental and economic benefits. The
website will also provide unbiased information to countries developing drilling-waste
regulations so that the countries will have a basis for allowing operators to
use the most economic, environmentally appropriate waste management options,
rather than restricting operators to only those options that are commonly used
in a particular country.
ANL developed the technical and regulatory material for DWMIS and designed and
built the website. It also worked closely with industry partners ChevronTexaco
and Marathon in selecting and reviewing website content.
Before opening DWMIS to public use, it was reviewed by an external panel with
representatives from State and Federal governments, major producers, independent
producers, and service companies to ensure that the material was accurate.
The DWMIS website is designed to provide tools and information that meet the
practical needs of users, including technical information about drilling waste
management options, access to federal and state regulatory requirements, and
an easy-to-use tool for selecting possible options for a user's specific situation.
DWMIS contains three main components:
- Technology Description Module. This module provides basic information about
practices that are currently employed to manage drilling wastes. The module
divides management practices into three sections-waste minimization, recycle/reuse,
and disposal. Users can click on links to any of the listed technologies to
access separate fact sheets describing each technology and including references
for additional information.
- Regulatory Module. This module identifies and summarizes existing State
and Federal regulations or guidelines that form the regulatory context for
drilling waste management. In the Federal regulatory section of this page,
users can click on links for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
Bureau of Land Management (BLM), or the Minerals Management Service (MMS)
to be sent to pages that offer more information about each agency's requirements.
In the States regulatory section of the page, users can click on any State
link to be linked to a summary page that includes information about the agencies
that regulate drilling-waste management in that state. All of the agency pages
will contain external links leading to agency websites and to the specific
texts of the agencies drilling-waste management regulations.
- Technology Identification Module. In the interactive Technology Identification
Module, users are asked to answer a series of questions (requiring mostly
"yes" or "no" answers). The replies to these questions
lead users through a decision tree, resulting in a suggested subset of waste
management options that would make the most sense for a given geographical
or environmental setting. The Technology Identification Module does not attempt
to tell a company exactly which technology should be employed; rather, it
helps to eliminate options that are not appropriate to the user's specific
Current Status (October 2004)
The project is complete.
The DWMIS that ANL developed for DOE was highlighted in an article in Oil &
Gas Journal, August 2, 2004.
Project Start: March 28, 2002
Project End: March 27, 2004
Anticipated DOE Contribution: $100,000
Performer Contribution: $0
NETL - David Alleman (David.firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-699-2057)
ANL - David Schmalzer (email@example.com or 630-252-7723)