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Directive 050: Drilling Waste Management

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Release Date: August 24, 2022

Effective Date: August 24, 2022
Replaces previous edition issued June 1, 2022
See section 1.4 of the directive for what’s new.

Purpose of this Directive

This directive sets out requirements for the treatment and disposal of drilling waste. It contains information on sampling requirements, analytical requirements and procedures, disposal criteria, and documentation related to drilling waste management and disposal.

It is designed to ensure that methods used to manage drilling waste are protective of the environment, sites used to manage drilling waste can be restored to equivalent land capability, and drilling waste management practices meet AER requirements and environmental outcomes.