Crosbie Industrial approved to treat drilling mud

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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New equipment will be an add-on to existing operations in St. John’s

Crosbie Industrial Services Ltd. is planning to expand its ability to handle drilling mud in the province.

The company has proposed the addition of new equipment to its Logy Bay Road site, allowing it to treat the mud — a byproduct of oil exploration and development — before it is sent to a waste disposal facility.

Waste drilling mud is already held at the site until it can be shipped to an approved disposal site out of province.

Crosbie Industrial is not the only company taking offshore waste and shipping it out of province, said Paul Barnes with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

However, the infrastructure upgrade proposed by Crosbie Industrial could ultimately lead to less waste being sent to other provinces, specifically Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

“The purpose of this undertaking is to develop a full treatment option for waste drill muds that allows for the local disposal of the final product,” reads a description submitted by the company to the provincial Department of Environment and Conservation.

“(Crosbie Industrial) proposes to add a pug mill operation along with a lime holding tank to the current holding tanks and water treatment systems at Logy Bay Road. The pug mill would be used to solidify and stabilize the waste drill muds for full treatment to allow for local disposal.”

The proposal has passed environmental assessment. It was registered May 13 with the provincial government and released from further assessment July 9.

City of St. John’s spokeswoman Jennifer Mills said the municipal government is aware of the project and the proposal raised no red flags. Specifically, the planned addition  falls within the bounds of the company’s current property and existing “industrial use” zoning.

Dave Warren, general manager for Crosbie Industrial, has confirmed the environmental approval for the new drill mud treatment equipment.

He said the company will be in a better position to comment further on its plans a little down the road.

Obtaining the additional equipment and getting it up and running at the Logy Bay Road site, is expected to cost about $1.12 million.

In addition to the environmental approval, the start of mud treatment will require an amendment to the “certificate of approval” for site industrial operations, as issued by the provincial government.

The company has stated, with approvals, it could have its new equipment in operation by Aug. 1.

(This is a corrected version)

Organizations: Crosbie Industrial Services, Crosbie Group, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Department of Environment and Conservation

Geographic location: Logy Bay Road, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

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Recent comments

    August 15, 2016 - 19:26

    Why pay to drill wildcats in harsh and leaner lands when you can work with making surface and dry jetfuel from Port au Port peninsula limestone (Calcium CARBONate, CaCO3), 2) Hybernia salt, NaCl, derived Hydro-Chloric acid and 3) Muskrat Falls, or Gull Island, or South Coast ocean waves hydro-electricity into synthetic Octane gasoline, Jet-Fuel!

  • Bill O'Gorman
    July 22, 2013 - 21:11

    What will Crosbie Industrial do with the contaminated waste if it is radioactive, store it like they did in N.S. in permanent ponds. Is the environment assessment team aware of this and what will they do with it, follow their lead and let it settle on holding ponds to evaporate like in N.S. What a team of environment assessors!!! Did you expect anything otherwise from them. They are lining themselves up to do the fracking. .

  • willy
    July 20, 2013 - 16:46

    I wonder how much extra Crosbie truck traffic noise and shaking homes this is going to cause from downtown up to Logy Bay Road through residential areas?