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BMP ID: 6508
Title: Carefully screen barite weighting agents
Text: Drilling fluids and additives, used: Source Reduction: "Carefully screen barite weighting agents for naturally occurring concentrations of heavy metals, particularly mercury and cadmium."
Source Publication Name: Pollution Prevention/Best Management Practices Pocket Guide for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Industry
Citation Section:
Citation Page: 21
Supplemental Documents: Pollution Prevention Best Management Practices
Usage Type: Recommended
Timing: • Drilling
• Production / Operation / Maintenance
• Monitoring
Oil / Gas Field:  
Surface Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Primary Contact: Oil Conservation Division: New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
1220 South St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico  87505  USA
Phone:(505) 476-3460     Alt. Phone:
Fax:(505) 476-3462     E-mail: 
Alternate Contact:  
Categories: Human Health and Safety
Land Surface Disturbance
Location: New Mexico
Vegetation Types:
General Comments: "Special considerations: Use appropriate PPE. Avoid eye and skin contact. Consult MSDS for additional guidance for specific material."
Cost-Benefit Analysis:
BMP Efficacy:
Date Entered: 2010-03-25 09:17 UTC
Last Updated: 2010-03-25 09:17 UTC