Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

Garrett County Montage

Drill Cuttings

This page has links about the nature of drill cuttings and they manner in which they are disposed of.

- 1210 - [NA] - about news, Frederic Beaudry - "Natural Gas Fracking and the Environment& Drill Cuttings"
"One of these issues is the safe disposal of drill cuttings.
Drilling a natural gas well produces waste rock material called drill cuttings, consisting in small rock particles. Sometimes drilling mud is used to lubricate the drill bit, in which case the cuttings will be in a wet slurry. If compressed air is used instead, the cuttings will be drier but will still contain a significant amount of moisture from the brine found in the shale formation."
- 1563 - [NA] - About News, Frederic Beaudry - "Natural Gas Fracking and the Environment: Drill Cuttings"
"...Drilling a natural gas well produces waste rock material called drill cuttings, consisting in small rock particles. Sometimes drilling mud is used to lubricate the drill bit, in which case the cuttings will be in a wet slurry. If compressed air is used instead, the cuttings will be drier but will still contain a significant amount of moisture from the brine found in the shale formation. Cuttings come from the rock formations the well traverses, but the target shale is best represented in the cuttings since the horizontal components of the well follow that rock formation over long distances. This is important, since many of the problematic elements found in the shale end up in the cuttings.
The volume of drill cutting pulled from each well is large, one estimate putting it at 217 cubic yards, which is a bit more than the amount of water in a backyard pool."