Waste Management

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HRL’s expertise in oil and gas waste management give us the leading edge in providing permitting and ongoing waste management compliance services for the oil and gas sector.

At HRL Compliance Solutions, Inc., our personnel have been involved with waste management for the oil and gas industry sector since 1997. Our trained and certified professionals can assist companies with the handling of their waste streams, ensuring that environmental compliance is closely monitored and managed properly. HRL can ensure that wastes commonly associated with oil and gas operations are properly disposed of. HRL ensures that “cradle to grave” waste generation is properly documented and handled according to strict federal and state regulations. Waste Management is an all-encompassing fixture of the oil and gas industry. As a result, HRL has put together a team of environmental professionals which have developed top tier programs in the following areas:

  • E & P Waste Management
  • Spill Response and Remediation
  • Site Characterization
  • Sensitive Area Determination
  • Pit Closure Oversight and Remediation
  • Solid Waste Handling and Disposal (Filter Press, Socks, Filters, etc.)
  • Liquid Waste Handling and Disposal (Used oil, Glycol, Amine, etc.)
  • Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste Auditing and Permitting for Disposal [/checklist][/one_half]
  • Drill Cuttings and Frac Sand Management and Remediation
  • Waste Profiling and Characterization
  • Waste Disposal Manifesting and Management
  • Waste Facility Auditing
  • E & P and Non E & P Impacted Soils
  • Municipal Waste Management
  • Sampling and Site Investigations
  • Liner and Containment Sampling and Investigation
  • NORM Waste permitting and Management [/checklist][/one_half]

E and P Waste Management

HRL personnel can assist companies with their waste reduction, recycling/reuse, treatment and disposal of the numerous waste products resulting from operating procedures.


The proper management of waste in the oil and gas industry is based on pollution prevention practices. Reducing or eliminating pollutant discharges to air, water and land is the basis for a successful waste management program. The American Petroleum Institute states that pollution prevention “includes the development of more environmentally acceptable products, changes in processes and practices, source reduction, beneficial use, environmentally sound recycling, waste minimization, proper waste handling, waste treatment, and proper disposal practices.”

At HRL we understand the nature and complexities of oil and gas exploration, production, transfer and storage. Because we understand the waste cycle from drilling to storage and transfer, HRL can make the proper recommendations regarding the handling of this waste stream. HRL personnel can assist companies with their waste reduction, recycling/reuse, treatment and disposal of the numerous waste products resulting from operating procedures. HRL can manage all of the waste disposal needs of any company associated with the oil and gas industry, as well as commercial and governmental agencies.

  • Recycling and Reuse – Reuse, reprocess, reclaim, use as fuel, underground injection for enhanced recovery, and roadspreading.
  • Treatment – Filtration, chemical treatment, biological treatment, extraction, chemical stabilization, incineration, landfarming, and landspreading.
  • Disposal – Landfills, NPDES discharge, solidification, burial and underground injection for disposal.
  • Auditing – HRl personnel have also completed numerous waste disposal audits and investigations in order to verify environmental compliance at waste disposal facilities and waste handling and disposal companies. [/checklist]

Site Characterization

HRL personnel have performed hundreds of site characterizations for clients in the oil and gas industry, as well as commercial, industrial and government agencies.


Most site characterizations are completed in order to investigate the impacts associated with the known and/or possible release of fluids from production, storage or transfer operations. Site characterizations often involves the drilling of subsurface soil to investigate the lateral and vertical extent of a fluid release and the collection of environmental data which consists of chemical analyses of soil, water or air samples. At HRL site characterization data is statistically evaluated for two general areas of interest: background comparisons; and, risk assessment.

AT HRL we apply this information to perform risk assessments which define the extent of a release. From that information HRL can also design remedial action plans and cost analyses for the client. At HRL we routinely manage and perform remedial actions.

Sensitive Area Determinations

Since 2002 HRL personnel have completed hundreds of Sensitive Area Determinations for numerous oil and gas clients.


In states like Colorado, regulatory agencies require that a Sensitive Area determination (SAD) may be required when the operator or the Director have data that indicate there is an impact or a threat of impact to ground water or surface water. This rule requires oil and gas companies to perform due diligence when planning newly proposed oil and gas construction activities. HRL waste management personnel will perform the due diligence investigations and reporting as required by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) under Rule 901.e.

The investigation and reporting include the following:

  • Shallow ground water or pathways for communication with deeper ground water.
  • Proximity to surface water (lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, irrigation canals, wetlands, etc).
  • Ground water classified for domestic use.
  • Wellhead protection areas.
  • Within 1/8 mile of domestic water well.
  • Within 1/4 mile of public water supply well.
  • Ground water basins designated by the Colorado Ground Water Commission.
  • Surface water supply areas.


HRL will utilize geologic and hydrogeologic data, and can demonstrate, if possible, that seepage on the proposed site will not reach underlying ground water or surface water and will not impact current or future uses of these waters.​


Pit Closure Compliance Services

HRL provides environmental compliance services for pit closures associated with the production, transfer and storage of natural gas and oil.


At HRL our goal is to ensure that our clients are in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations during pit closure processing. Our experience with permitting, site investigation, waste characterization, and corrective treatment options ensure that our clients receive peace of mind regarding pit closure compliance.

HRL can manage and/or perform the following:

  • Project management
  • Permitting and correspondence with county, state and federal regulators
  • Notification and correspondence with federal land owners
  • Notification and correspondence with private land owners
  • Site investigation
  • Waste characterization
  • Excavation
  • Sampling
  • Field analysis
  • Analytical data interpretation
  • Installation of ground water monitoring wells
  • Waste treatment
  • Sensitive Area Determination (COGCC) Rule 901.c.
  • Drilling and subsurface investigations

Pit Liner Investigations

HRL personnel have performed numerous pit liner investigations, monitoring events and has overseen removal and disposal of pit liners for oil and gas companies.


One of the most essential parts of a successful pit closure is determining the integrity of the liner, as well as disposing of the pit liner properly. In many instances pit liners can develop leaks as rocks, debris or piping can create cuts and holes in the pit liner. As a result, subsurface soils below the liner can be impacted by pit wastes.

HRL personnel can monitor the removal of pits to ensure that liner integrity has been maintained. If a leak has occurred, HRL can determine the vertical and lateral extent of the release. HRL can complete the necessary regulatory documents which will report the release and develop the work plan for the remediation of the soil. Oftentimes the pit liner itself is damaged significantly and must be properly disposed of. HRL will perform sampling of the liner as well as arrange for the disposal of the liner, performing all of the sampling, waste manifest records and documents for disposal.