Minutes of the Monthly Meeting
July 13, 2017
Venue: Badlands Boulder Ridge Community Center, Watford City, ND
Donated by: Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.
July sponsor: : SECURE Energy Services
Andy Reeves pointed out emergency procedure exits and muster area.
President Eric Genet announced a member-at-large opening left by Lee Wistrom that needs to be filled, along with members on all committees.
Hand-outs were made available with names and contact info for all those who wish to apply for those positions.
Kurt Rhea - General Manager, SECURE Energy Services
Kurt Rhea presented on TENORM Waste Streams in the Oil and Gas Sector.
SECURE Energy Services is in the business of cleaning up hazardous waste such as filter socks and properly disposing of them. SECURE came to North Dakota in 2011 and since then has cleaned up hazardous stockpiles of filter socks and other waste that were not allowed in state landfills. SECURE provides environmentally safe containers on site for collection of such filter socks. These containers are made right here in North Dakota.
SECURE tests and treats TENORM areas for worker safety, public safety and perception, environmental protection, regulatory compliance and liabilities. North Dakota is one of the states that have seen very public TENORM issues. When the word radiation is used, public perception is that it is a dangerous and scary presence. However, radiation is present in most places and occurs naturally from the earth and is not always hazardous. Proper testing and training will relieve most anxiety about radiation. TENORM is created during the production of oil and gas as radiation is pulled to the surface and is mixed with liquids and clings to piping and containers. TENORM is hard to depict as you cannot see it, taste it, feel it or smell it. Radioactive material must be tested before transportation to landfills to insure it will be accepted in these landfills. So far ND landfills do not accept radioactive waste. SECURE is hopeful that in the future there will be local landfills accepting this type of waste.