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Sustainable geomembrane recycling and downcycling

Timothy D. Stark, Jennifer Miller, David LaFiura, and Scott Fought
June 1, 2013
Geosynthetics June July 2013

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) officials have welcomed the recent emersion of companies that collect and reprocess geomembranes used in various aspects of Marcellus Shale oil and gas drilling, development, and production. The geomembrane uses include well pad liners, above ground impoundments, secondary containment, and floating covers. Well pad liners are placed over a large area (usually 200ft × 200ft) around the drill well to contain drilling fluids, provide an antislip surface for drill workers, and contain oil and gas products.

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