In this week's news update, new landfill rules will allow disposal of radioactive oilfield waste in North Dakota, and the EIA forecasts December oil production.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) again forecasted oil production to fall in the Eagle Ford, Bakken and Niobrara plays in December. It’ll be the 10th straight month of projected declines.

The EIA said that the Permian production would continue to climb.

In its Drilling Productivity Report, issued Dec. 7, the EIA said it expects Eagle Ford oil production to fall by 77,000 b/d in December to just over 1.2 million b/d, while Bakken production will fall by 27,000 b/d to just under 1.1 million b/d and Niobrara production will drop by 24,000 b/d to 344,000 b/d.

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Permian production is expected to continue to climb by 14,000 b/d to nearly 2.04 million b/d in December, the report estimates.

Committee Gives OK to Disposal of Radioactive Oilfield Waste in North Dakota Landfills
Waste landfills in North Dakota can start applying in January to accept radioactive oilfield waste after a committee adopted new disposal rules on Dec. 7.

The Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee signed off on new rules that will permit radioactivity levels in oilfield waste up to 50 picocuries per gram, 10 times the current limit.

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The 50-picocuries limit was determined to be a safe limit for landfill workers without requiring them to wear hazmat suits or creating a new category of landfill, according to the Department of Health.

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