The Buried Cost

No Hidden Fees with Scott

Too often, operators assume the easiest way to dispose of their drilled cuttings is by land filling or land spreading/farming. However, some fees are frequently overlooked and add up to much larger costs.

Landfills, for instance, often charge different fees based on the physical properties of the waste. If the material doesn’t meet certain requirements, such as passing a paint filter test, solidification fees are often added to the advertised price. In addition, other fees commonly associated with commercial disposal are hourly washout for the trucks and trailers, the cost of the washout water and even disposal of the washout water on top of that. Trucking companies will also continue to bill for the time their equipment is washed out or on standby.

Land spreading/farming also have hidden fees. These practices generally charge based on the volume of total material spread, not the volume of drilled cuttings generated. In order to meet regulations, additional materials must often be added to the drilled cuttings before it can be placed on the land. The costs of these materials, usually called ag fines, is often billed directly to the operator. The operator is then paying to have this material mixed with the drilled cuttings and spread. The final volume that operators are charged for can be up to four times the volume of drilled cuttings that were generated.

Scott’s quotes are all-inclusive and there are no hidden fees. We work with our customers to ensure they understand the total costs of our services, as well as the money they are saving.