Milestone lands permit to build second oil & gas waste landfill in Permian Basin [Houston Chronicle]

April 10– Apr. 10–State officials gave Houston-based Milestone Environmental Services the green light to build the company’s second landfill for oilfield waste the Permian Basin.

The Railroad Commission of Texas gave Milestone a permit to build the landfill in Upton County, company officials reported on Tuesday.

Located off State Highway 349 about 34 miles south of Midland, the 93-acre facility will be able to accept 7.8 million cubic yards of cuttings, contaminated soils and other oilfield waste.

The Midland Basin continues to have some of the highest density of drilling, completion and production activity in the world, and responsible development of this important play requires a world-class oilfield waste management solution,” Milestone President and CEO Gabriel Rio said in a statement.

The Railroad Commission’s permit decision comes following years of engineering, design and planning efforts by Milestone to expand the company’s presence in the prolific Permian Basin.

Last month, the company received a permit to open its first Permian Basin landfill near the Reeves County town of Orla — one of the region’s hotspots for oil and natural gas production.

Co-located with Milestone’s already existing slurry injection facility, the 80-acre Orla landfill will also accept cuttings, contaminated soils and other oilfield waste.

Founded in 1993, Milestone owns and operates seven oilfield waste management sites in the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale and Haynesville Shale.

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