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Policy Will Pave the Path to Net Zero

Rapidly mounting concerns over climate change is driving energy transition. Industries and governments are facing increased scrutiny over environmental practices and the policies that guide them. Aggressive goals are being set to reduce carbon emissions to net zero, and industry and governments are responding. Still, so far, energy waste has not been part of this movement.

Energy waste can help us reach global goals

Energy waste consists of drilling fluids, produced water and other refuse that result from oil and gas production. While federal laws do not see them as hazardous, these waste streams contain contaminants that can pollute soil and groundwater and emit greenhouse gases. They’re seen as unavoidable byproducts from producing the energy essential to our lives. But if you change your perspective on energy waste, it becomes an enormous opportunity – a new avenue for reducing emissions, meeting corporate ESG objectives, and pursuing global climate goals.

A Milestone worker attaching a pump to an oilfield waste vehicle.

Reserve pits present serious issues

Energy waste often is dumped into open reserve pits near the production site or spread directly on the soil, a practice known as landfarming. With reserve pits, which are highly prone to leakage, the waste pool exists above the water table, threatening dangerous contamination. These open pits also allow hydrocarbon emissions to escape to the atmosphere.

 

Land application guarantees contamination and GHG emissions

Land application, also known as landfarming or bioremediation, spreads the waste thinly over broad stretches of farm and ranchland and tills it into the soil. Like reserve pits, this practice leaves the groundwater below and the air above vulnerable to contamination and emissions. By contrast, Milestone's methods present none of these issues. Instead, we help protect and preserve the environment, at about the same cost as the outdated ways.

A Milestone ES container designed for transporting oilfield waste.

Impact Highlights in 2020

227,000MT CO₂eFugitive emissions from land application avoided
283,000MT CO₂eNet Carbon Sequestered
2,176AcresLand Surface Saved From Land Application

Milestone makes sense in every way

Our slurry injection and landfill solutions lock energy waste away permanently, which reduces liability for operators while helping them reach carbon-reduction targets. We are a ready and reliable solution that supports industrial, societal, and environmental interests. We serve the major basins that provide essential energy to the world. Our waste management facilities are expertly designed, professionally managed, and proven to be the most environmentally sound methods in existence. We create good jobs, strong solutions, and new ways to pursue a forward-looking carbon agenda in the transition to a sustainable energy future.

Our Solutions

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Slurry Injection

Our proprietary process safely and permanently sequesters energy waste thousands of feet below the water table.

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Landfills

We sequester solids in permanent underground “carbon sinks” at our slurry injection sites, giving you one resource for all waste streams.

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