Oil industry

Management of industrial hazardous waste for the oil sector

The exploitation, refining and production of petroleum by-products have their share of environmental considerations. Special safety measures must be taken because of the abrasiveness of petroleum products. Moreover, the environmental consequences generated by the handling of such materials are important.

The mere exploitation of oil, natural gas and others have a significant impact on the environment. Special measures must be in place for when there are spills or when oil wells are abandoned as resources become depleted. A North American study showed that the main sources of petroleum hydrocarbon contamination are buried gas tanks or oil tanks. Yet, it appears that 80% of these tanks leak. When we think about these numbers, we can understand why there are petroleum hydrocarbon polluted soils.

Despite all of the precautions taken today, environmental mishaps occur involving petroleum and its derivatives. Examples such as offshore oil tanker accidents or other sources of oil spills, such as pipeline breaks. Some sites are contaminated because of their associated activities, such as gas stations and military bases, and all industrial petroleum activities generate some degree of contamination on neighbouring land.

Choose RSI Environmental for the treatment of petroleum waste

The process at RSI Environmental allows for the highly-efficient disposal of contaminated soil . Our process is the only one to achieve the destruction of 99.9999% of contaminants for decontamination of hydrocarbon-impacted soils.

RSI handles the disposal of contaminated soils and hazardous industrial waste, the transportation as well as the treatment and recycling of hazardous waste. During the treatment and remediation of hydrocarbon-impacted soils and petroleum waste, contaminants evaporate which is then transformed into energy to power our facility. The process also produces soil free of contaminants and once rehydrated, the clean soil can be reused as backfill soil, and even as fertile soil.

RSI receives a lot of petroleum residue from large refineries in North America. We take the energy produced during the combustion process of the residue and recycle it back into our own facility. Basically, we recovery the energy, otherwise lost, to help reduce the environmental footprint of the oil industry.

Advantages of treating petroleum waste and disposing of soil

  • Receive a certificate of destruction
  • Turnkey service includes disposal and treatment
  • Disposal sites and unrestricted treatment
  • No extra fees
  • Capable of receiving 4000 tons of soil per day
  • Interior warehousing for soil storage available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day
  • No charge sorting and reception of soil in safe, negative pressure buildings
  • One of the only facilities in North America to use this proven technology
  • Definitive treatment solution
  • Metal recycling
  • Energy recovery from waste
  • Only one of its kind in Québec for recycling and recovery of soil

Examples of materials treated on polluted land

  • Gutter sludge
  • Hydrocarbon sludges
  • Filtration residue
  • Oil residue
  • Solid oil residue
  • Tar residue
  • Distillation residue
  • Drilling mud
  • Organic contaminants
    • ALL organic contaminants, including:
      • Hydrocarbons, oils
      • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
      • Organochlorine compounds
      • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
      • Dioxins et furans
      • PDT
      • Pesticides
      • PFOS
      • The phenol family
  • Residual and granular hazardous materials
    • Contaminated tank bottoms
    • Contaminated concrete
    • Contaminated asphalt
    • Iron piping and contaminated metals
    • Contaminate aggregate panels
    • Contaminated bricks
    • All types of granular residue
  • Mixed contamination
    • If organic contaminants are present in the soil, it may also contain inorganic contaminants.
  • Hydrocarbon sludges