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Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Oil Cutting Disposal Lawyer

Helping Developers Find Options for Disposing of Oil and Water Cuttings

As exploration and drilling in the Marcellus Shale continues to expand, one major issue energy companies face is how to dispose of drill cuttings. Proper disposal of oil and water cuttings is essential for companies, both in terms of complying with legal requirements and in terms of preserving healthy working relationships with landowners who lease their property to gas producers.

At Wright & Reihner P.C., our skilled Marcellus Shale attorneys work with gas production companies to design and implement plans for the disposal of the rock and drilling fluid that are the byproducts of the water and oil cutting process. We have an established relationship with the Keystone Landfill in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. That facility is equipped to handle disposal of drill cuttings, and we can aid our clients in setting up proper arrangements with the landfill.

If you have any questions about how to dispose of oil and water cuttings created through your drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale, call our experienced legal team at 570-961-1166. You can also contact our Scranton law firm online.

Comprehensive Representation for Gas Companies

As a law firm dedicated to serving the legal needs of gas producers working in the Marcellus Shale, we know that it is essential to help our clients operate within the rules and regulations of the state of Pennsylvania, the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory authorities.

Whether a company needs to dispose of water cuttings after vertical drilling or oil cuttings after horizontal drilling, these byproducts are classified as solid waste, and must be disposed of accordingly. Our lawyers assist clients in obtaining the proper permits to transport cuttings via a variety of methods, including truck, rail and boat. We are prepared to handle any environmental law issues that may arise in the disposal process as well.

Possible Reuse of Cuttings

Most cuttings are managed through disposal, but some may be treated and put to other uses. In appropriate situations, our firm works with clients to explore recycling options such as:

  • Use as road surfacing material, if allowed
  • Using cuttings as construction material
  • Use as cover material at landfills
  • Use as a substrate for restoring wetlands
  • Possible use as a fuel source

Based in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, our firm serves companies operating anywhere along the Marcellus Shale.

Contact a Scranton Gas Drilling Attorney Today

At Wright & Reihner P.C., we create targeted legal solutions for oil and gas companies working in the Marcellus Shale. We have the proven record, reputation and skills to handle highly complex oil and gas drilling issues in Susquehanna County, Bradford County, Wyoming County and Lackawanna County.

To schedule a consultation, call us at 570-961-1166 or contact our Scranton law firm online.

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