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State Regulations: Oklahoma

State of Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), through the Oil and Gas Division, assists the domestic oil and gas industry, protects and preserves the environment, and conserves the natural resources. General environmental protection regulations are administered by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Contact

Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Oil and Gas Division
P.O. Box 52000
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2000 (mailing address)
(405) 521-2302 (phone)

2101 North Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (street address)

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1677
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1677 (mailing address)

707 North Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102 (street address)
(405) 702-1000 (phone)
(405) 702-1001 (fax)

Disposal Practices and Applicable Regulations

The oil and gas regulations are found in Title 165 (Corporation Commission), Chapter 10 (Oil and Gas Conservation) of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. Disposal options for drilling wastes may differ for the various types of drilling waste, which include water-based mud (WBM), water-based mud cuttings (WBMC), oil-based mud (OBM), and oil-based mud cuttings (OBMC). The following is extracted from the Waste Management Practices Reference Chart offered in the regulations (165:10-7-24). Title 252 (Department of Environmental Quality) of the Oklahoma Administrative Code contains the general environmental protection regulations administered by the DEQ.

  • Reclaim and Recycle. This option is available for WBM, WBMC, OBM, and OBMC.


  • Landfills Regulated by the DEQ (252:515-1-1 through 252:515-37-1). This option is available for WBMC, OBM, and OBMC.


  • Road Applications by County Commissioners (165:10-7-22 and 165:10-7-28). This option is available for WBMC and OBMC. All applicable requirements governing permitting, site restrictions, sampling, analysis, and application rates must be met.


  • Use of Noncommercial Pits (165:10-7-16). This option is available for WBM, WBMC, OBM, and OBMC. All applicable requirements governing permitting, construction, operation, and closure must be met.


  • Burial (165:10-7-16). This option is available for WBM, WBMC, OBM, and OBMC.


  • Commercial Mud Disposal Pits (165:10-9-1). This option is available for WBM and WBMC. All applicable requirements governing permitting, construction, operation, and closure must be met.


  • Underground Injection (165:10-5-1 through 165:10-5-14). This option is available for WBM, WBMC, OBM, and OBMC. It requires approval by the Commission. All applicable requirements governing permitting, construction, testing, monitoring, and reporting must be met.


  • Land Application (165:10-7-19 and 165-7-26). This option is available for WBM, WBMC, and OBMC. All applicable requirements governing permitting, site suitability, sampling, analysis, and application rates must be met.


  • Application to Lease Roads, Well Locations, and Production Sites (165:10-7-27 and 165:10-7-29). This option is available for WBMC and OBMC. All applicable requirements governing permitting, site restrictions, sampling, analysis, and application rates must be met.


  • Disposal of Waste Oil (165-10-7-23). This option is available for OBMC. Disposal occurs in one of the following three ways: (1) transfer or sale to a reclaimer or transporter; (2) transfer or sale to a County Commissioner; or (3) administrative approval from the Conservation Division.


  • Commercial Soil Farming (165:10-9-2). This option is available for WBM and WBMC. All applicable requirements governing permitting, site restrictions, sampling, analysis, application rates, and operation must be met.


  • Land Application as Approved by the Commission. This option is available for OBM.