The natural gas industry (NGI) is comprised of operations required to provide clean, pipeline-quality gas to its consumers, from gas exploration and production through distribution. These operations produce waters and wastes that must be managed in accordance with applicable federal and state regulations.

The objectives of this work were to develop representative profiles of the sources, types, quantities, and management of wastes generated by the NGI. This information was essential to the development and focus of several GRI research programs and for use by the NGI to assess their individual waste management/minimization programs. To accomplish this, data were gathered directly from over three dozen operating facilities in 11 states nationwide. These data included facility operations information, waste sources and types, waste volumes, and on- and off-site management practices (i.e., storage, treatment, transportation, and disposal, including waste minimization). Wastes were classified into categories to facilitate data analysis. Facility-specific waste source and generation rates were combined with nationwide industry statistics to estimate nationwide generation rates for the various waste categories.

This paper will describe the basis for the work, and will present profiles developed for the sources and types of waste, waste volumes, and waste management practices. The discussion of waste management practices and their preferential use throughout the NGI will also illustrate the systematic use of waste minimization practices for the management of wastes by the NGI.

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