WVU researchers use ‘green’ drilling mud at shale wells

West Virginia University researchers studying drilling waste from shale oil and gas operations have a pair of research wells near Morgantown that they say are well below federal guidelines for radioactive or hazardous waste, reports the State Journal in Charleston, West Virginia. The newspaper says scientists at the Marcellus Shale Energy & Environmental Laboratory found that using a “green” drilling mud at the well site resulted in all 12 samples of cuttings passing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s test for leaching toxicity, allowing them to be classified as non-hazardous. For more, read the full story.

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