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BMP ID: 474
Title: 50 percent of the pit should be below original ground level
Text: Well Sites: Reserve Pits: "If [locating the pit on the drill pad next to the high wall] is not possible, at least 50 percent of the reserve pit should be constructed below original ground level to help prevent failure of the pit dike."
Source Publication Name: Surface Operating Standards and Guidelines for Oil and Gas Exploration and Develoment (aka The Gold Book)
Citation Section:
Citation Page: 16
Supplemental Documents:  
Usage Type: Recommended
Timing: • Drilling
Oil / Gas Field:  
Surface Ownership: • Federal
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
Primary Contact: BLM - Wyoming State Office
5353 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, Wyoming  82003  United States
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Categories: Water Quality and Pollution
Location: General / Federal
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Date Entered: 2009-02-04 13:28 UTC
Last Updated: 2011-05-25 12:00 UTC