University of Colorado at Boulder
BMP of Oil and Gas Development

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BMP ID: 2373
Title: After the drilling pit is sufficiently dry, the pit shall be backfilled.
Text: "d. Drilling pit closure....(2) Drilling pit closure on non-crop land. All drilling fluids shall be disposed of in accordance with the 900 Series rules. Operators shall ensure that soils meet the concentration levels of Table 910-1, above. After the drilling pit is sufficiently dry, the pit shall be backfilled. Materials removed from the pit for drying shall be returned to the pit prior to the backfilling. No more than de minimis amounts may be incorporated into the surface materials. The backfilling of the drilling pit will be done to return the soils to their original relative positions so that the muds and associated solids will be confined to the pit and not squeezed out and incorporated in the surface materials. Closure and reclamation of drilling pits shall occur no later than six (6) months after drilling and completion activities conclude."
Source Publication Name: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Practice and Procedure, 2 CCR 404-1, Final Draft Rules 11 07 08
Citation Section: 1003. INTERIM RECLAMATION
Citation Page: 1003(d)(2)
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Usage Type: Required
Timing: • Drilling
• Reclamation
Oil / Gas Field:  
Surface Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
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Categories: Soils (Conservation, Pollution, Reclamation)
Location: Colorado
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Date Entered: 2009-02-19 13:37 MDT
Last Updated: 2011-02-06 11:39 MDT