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Accountability for Cleanup Costs

June 25, 2018

Scott Energy has often pointed out that drilling muds, especially those used to drill horizontal wells, contain large quantities of chemical additives, yet most states only regulate a select few, such a TPH and chloride. It is the responsibility of the operator to ensure that their waste is managed in a way that is not harmful to human health and the environment. Not knowing what chemicals are used, or how those chemicals behave, can increase an organizations financial liabilities.

My office will hold these companies accountable for endangering the health of New Yorkers, including forcing them to fully repay the state for cleaning up the toxic mess they created.

Barbara Underwood, N.Y. Attorney General

A recent example of this potential liability is demonstrated by the State of New York’s lawsuit against chemical manufacturers over chemicals used in firefighting foams. These products often contained chemicals such as perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which are mobile and persistent in the environment, and could be harmful to human and ecological receptors. It is important to note that at the time of their use, these chemicals were legal; however, rather than the state simply picking up the tab for the remediation costs, the New York AG Barbara Underwood stated, “My office will hold these companies accountable for endangering the health of New Yorkers, including forcing them to fully repay the state for cleaning up the toxic mess they created.” You can read the full story at the link below.

Environmental remediation costs are often far greater than proper management from the beginning, even without taking into account legal fees, fines, loss of public trust, and other associated costs. Fortunately, Scott Energy provides waste management consulting and services for the industry that protects companies from potential environmental liabilities. We are the leaders in drilling waste management, and can work with your team to ensure appropriate and economical waste management practices are in place. Give us a call today to learn more.  

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