There are several environmental regulations that any drilling and workover contractor must follow when working in Saudi Arabia onshore and offshore areas. These regulations are corporate, national, regional and global in nature. These environmental regulations are established to control drilling operations to minimize its impact on the environment.

The purpose of this paper is to summarize the requirements listed in the environmental regulations that pertain to drilling operations. AH these requirements must be followed and adhered to by operators when working for Saudi Aramco in its operating areas. Also discussed are the plans of implementation by operators to insure compliance of the regulations.

These regulations pertain to (1) discharge to marine environment from drilling operation, (2) waste water treatment re-use and disposal, (3) protection of marine life, (4) pollution control and environment protection, (5) waste management for mud, cuttings and rubbish.

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