The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has been busy! A summary of updates is provided below:
The Site Remediation Professionals Licensing Board (SRPLB) has been busy as well. A couple updates from the SRPLB include:
The NJDEP is advising all New Jersey solid and hazardous waste management facilities, and all other New Jersey sites that may accept and/or use well cuttings, that well cuttings produced during the drilling of wells in the Marcellus Shale and other deep shale formations may already or will soon be entering New Jersey for transfer, management, storage and/or disposal. These materials may contain petroleum hydrocarbons from drilling fluids and elevated concentrations of heavy metals and radionuclides that are associated with the Marcellus Shale and other bedrock formations.
All New Jersey facilities and/or sites (including, without limitation, landfills, landfill closure projects, transfer stations, recycling facilities, brownfields redevelopment sites, etc.) that propose to accept this material shall ensure that the acceptance and use of this material is consistent with all relevant New Jersey statutes, regulations, permits, approvals and standards (including the Fill Guidance for Site Remediation Program Sites where brownfields redevelopment sites and other sites undergoing remediation are the intended disposal location).
All facilities seeking to accept cuttings derived from the drilling of wells in the Marcellus Shale and other deep shale formations shall properly characterize each source of this material prior to its receipt. To properly characterize the cuttings, samples from each well shall be collected at the frequency specified in the table listed in the Interim Sampling & Analysis Protocol for Gas Well Drill Cuttings. Sampling of the materials should be done in accordance with the concepts of the Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (NJAC 7:26E) and the “Field Sampling Procedures Manual (FSPM).” To view the “Sampling and Analysis Protocol” and the “Advisory Regarding Gas Well Drill cuttings – November 2011,” visit this website.