Landfill to take oil production waste proposed in eastern Montana

Associated Press

Landfill to take oil production waste proposed in eastern Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials are considering an application for a landfill in eastern Montana that would take oilfield waste, including naturally-occurring radioactive materials.

Clay Butte Environmental, LLC is seeking approval to construct the landfill on a 143-acre site located about five miles north of Culbertson.

It would have a capacity of almost 10 million cubic yards.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality said in a study of the proposal that the waste would have to be tested for radiation. If radiation levels exceeded certain thresholds, the waste would be rejected.

The landfill also would take oil-contaminated soil from oil spills.

Some waste from oil exploration and production is exempt from hazardous materials regulations under federal law.

A June 11 public meeting on the proposal is planned in Culbertson.

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