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BMP ID: 8584
Title: Use pitless drilling methods to reduce environmental and health impacts
Text: Pitless Drilling: To further reduce drilling impacts, pitless drilling methods should become a mandated requirement for drilling operations. This method, involving closed-loop systems that recycle drilling mud rather than dumping it into open pits reduces truck traffic, water consumption and toxic waste on the surface, among other environmental benefits.
Source Publication Name: Drilling Smarter: Using Directional Drilling to Reduce Oil and Gas Impacts in the Intermountain West
Citation Section: Appendix A: Other Means to Reduce Impacts
Citation Page: 19
Supplemental Documents:  
Usage Type: Recommended
Timing: • Drilling
Oil / Gas Field:  
Surface Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Primary Contact: Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
P.O. Box 1512
Laramie, Wyoming  82073  United States
Phone:(307) 742-7978     Alt. Phone:
Fax:(307) 742-7989     E-mail: 
Alternate Contact:  
Categories: Water Quality and Pollution
Land Surface Disturbance
Human Health and Safety
Location: Western Region
Vegetation Types:
General Comments:
Cost-Benefit Analysis:
BMP Efficacy:
Date Entered: 2011-04-25 11:20 UTC
Last Updated: 2011-04-28 12:36 UTC