GGH Wyoming, LLC has opened a 67-acre industrial landfill in Douglas, Wyoming.
Douglas-based GGH, a unit of Green Group Holdings, LLC, said the landfill brings the larger operation there, The Grasslands Environmental facility, closer to being a turnkey waste management facility that serves the disposal and water needs of Wyoming’s oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry at a single location, according to a news release.
The landfill will take in approved exempt and non-exempt E&P wastes, approved industrial wastes, approved petroleum contaminated soils and inert waste.
The landfill will feature several engineered containment systems, including a composite landfill liner system, a secondary leak detection system for the leachate collection sumps, leachate tanks with secondary containment and an engineered final cover system.
The landfill liner system also will feature prepared subgrade material; a 24-inch compacted low permeability soil liner; 12 inches of protective cover; and other liner features. The areas where leachate will be collected and pumped will have a secondary liner with a leak detection system.
The Grasslands Environmental complex covers 482 acres and will provide approximately 10 million cubic yards of permitted airspace for the disposal of solid waste generated by the oil and gas industry. The facility includes an operational pull through commercial oilfield wastewater disposal facility and a non-potable water supply well.
The site is also permitted for two Class 1 injection wells, which Green Group said may be installed in the future.
Green Group specializes in large-scale infrastructure development, environmental permitting and operations for projects like industrial parks, water supply facilities, transfer stations, facilities for processing recyclable materials and solid waste landfills.
Waste Connections is one solid waste company that’s become heavily involved in E&P, with its R360 operation. But the market has struggled this year. Financial analyst Leone Young in a recent Waste360 Business Insights wrote that while the company’s solid waste operations were strong in its most recent quarter, the extended slump in oil prices caused the company to take an impairment charge in its latest results.
The depressed market was a topic at this year’s WasteExpo. The decline in E&P was big. Many rigs are not running. The result is less waste for E&P disposal firms.