Oilfield filters, fracking sands set off North Dakota landfill radiation monitors

The Bismarck Tribune reported Friday:

Filters used to strain wastewater from oil wells that test positive for low-level radiation are being rejected at municipal landfills in the oil patch.

Williston landfill operator Brad Septka said since June he’s rejected 23 oilfield loads that set off the landfill’s Geiger counter.

Septka said the filters as well as the empty bags used to haul fracture treatment sand set off the counter.

The rejected loads are supposed to be sent out of state for disposal:

Radioactive waste is regulated by the North Dakota Health Department. Scott Radig, who manages the state’s solid waste program, said radioactive waste that exceeds the allowable level is supposed to be shipped to Colorado, where there’s an approved disposal facility.

“Supposed to” is the operative phrase:

Septka said he doesn’t know where the rejected loads are going and Radig said the state doesn’t have a manifest or tracking system to follow those truck loads.

Radig said the rejected materials included “oil field fluids like the salty water that comes up with oil and fracture treatment water….”

Some of the sand used in fracture treating oil wells also contains trace amounts of radiation, particularly the fracking sand from China made from aluminum oxide ore, he said.


About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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3 Responses to Oilfield filters, fracking sands set off North Dakota landfill radiation monitors

  1. Hello Robert,
    Neat Post, I have a colleague who functions for a services small business that hauls mud to and from oilfield locations. Just began functioning there and he is only 16. I assumed you had to be 18 to operate any form of oilfield show results. Is this legal? He has also been doing work like 10-14 hour times and not finding off til like two or 3 am. I will not think that this is legal just wandering if any person can give me any info on this.
    Keep up the good work

  2. Hi There Robert,
    Interesting Post, i have a household based laundry assistance. i get oilfield clothes and conventional laundry. I would like to know how very much dawn dish fluid to include to oil outfits

  3. Pingback: Nuclear Fracking of US oil shale. - Stormfront

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