Drilling waste management practices vary in different parts of the United States and elsewhere in the world. Those practices are governed by regulatory agencies charged with the protection of human health and the environment. Within the United States, regulations vary by state and address the environmental issues by geographic location. Regulations for offshore and international drilling waste management vary, as well. In a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, in conjunction with Marathon and ChevronTexaco, is developing an interactive website to provide technical, unbiased information about drilling waste management options. The website will include components such as a technology description module to familiarize readers with available options, a regulatory module to summarize existing state and federal regulations governing drilling waste, a case study module to exhibit successful implementations of various technologies, and an interactive technology identification module to help users identify waste management options applicable in their region. This information system will provide operators with easy access to regulations, waste management options, technology, and cost data, thus allowing them to choose the option with the most environmental and economic benefits. Another benefit is that it will provide information to countries currently developing drilling waste regulations so that those regulations include the most economic, environmentally appropriate waste management options, not only options familiar in that country. The paper describes the design of the website and summarizes the data that are being collected to populate it.

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