The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alanco said in a news release its subsidiary, Alanco Energy Services (AES), received approval from the Mesa (Colo.) County Board of Commissioners to build the 3 million cubic yard capacity landfill for the disposal of waste such as drill cuttings, tank bottoms and sock filters.
The facility will be built on Alanco’s 160-acre Indian Mesa site near Grand Junction.
The landfill approval also allows for disposal of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) contaminated oil and gas wastes, including both solids and produced water.
AES expects final construction approval from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in February 2014 for Indian Mesa's produced water disposal ponds, which will consist of 12 ponds on the north 80 acres of the 160-acre site, with an annual evaporative capacity in excess of 1 million barrels of produced water.
The company expects construction approval for Indian Mesa's south 80-acre landfill operation by next fall.