University of Colorado at Boulder
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BMP ID: 6289
Title: Use a V-shaped pit
Text: "...use a V-shaped pit instead of the traditional rectangular pit. This type of pit reduces water requirements, as well as the amount of surface disturbance."
Source Publication Name: Oil and Gas Accountability Project, Best Practices
Citation Section: Redesigned pits
Citation Page: 1
Supplemental Documents: See the Source Document for links to supplemental information
Usage Type: Recommended
Timing: • Drilling
Oil / Gas Field:  
Surface Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Primary Contact: Earthworks
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Categories: Water Quantity and Rights
Land Surface Disturbance
Location: General / Federal
Vegetation Types:
General Comments:
Cost-Benefit Analysis: "A company installed a V-shaped reserve pit and compared the costs with those incurred at similar-sized wells using a traditional pit. The company determined that pit construction time was reduced by about 40 percent, water costs for the well were reduced by about 38 percent, and pit liner costs were reduced by about 43 percent. The total cost savings were about $10,800 per well." (web page at footnote 2)
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Date Entered: 2009-11-23 13:53 MDT
Last Updated: 2011-07-17 13:00 MDT