Environmentally Friendly Formulations to Remediate Soil and Groundwater Contamination

Reducing the Impact

We produce environmentally friendly formulations to extract crude oil from contaminated soil, sand, and water. Get in touch to find the TerraHydroChem energy formulations.

Additionally, oilfield operators can utilize TerraHydroChem’s green chemistry for other applications where the removal or separation of hydrocarbons or hydrocarbon buildup is beneficial, including enhanced oil recovery and cleaning of storage tanks or other oilfield assets. This helps operators strengthen the environmental integrity of the oilfield while providing cost benefits to the operation.

We can also provide proprietary chemistries proven effective at addressing various hydrocarbon elements that can restrict oil recovery.


TerraHydroChem has successfully cleaned drill cuttings for major U.S. E&P companies using our patented recycling process and products. In current practice, oil-based drill cuttings are treated as oilfield waste material. They are trucked offsite at significant expense to approved land farms or slurred and injected into SWDs. Disposal fees and transportation are expensive, and cuttings are environmental hazards that create potential long-term liability.

Physical Transportation

The physical transportation of this material in trucks represents ongoing liability exposure to operators due to potential accidents. Our process converts cuttings into environmentally sound ground cover (clean soil) at the rig site (if desired), which can be repurposed for pad site erosion control and recovers embedded oil from the cuttings adding to cost savings for the operator.

THC chemistry stimulates depleted or plugged oil wells by recovering or increasing oil production substantially.

Long-chain paraffin and asphaltic compounds can clog well bores and damage the formation, impacting an operator’s production and profits. THC solutions are formulated to liquefy treated paraffin and asphaltic organic deposits permanently. In doing so, we remove and prevent these elements from restricting oil flow through the formation and well bore.

Ensuring Long-term Benefit

After initial treatment, subsequent maintenance applications can ensure the long-term benefit of the initial treatment. Operators have used our products by recirculating our chemistry in the well to clean the tubing, pump, and perforations or dispensing the chemistry into the formation. Operators have reported production enhancements of multiple current levels, enabling a rapid ROI.

Reducing the Impact

Many companies in the energy industry face unique challenges when disposing of wastewater in the upstream sector. Traditional methodologies often cannot fully address the challenges in recycling the discharged water. Companies often find themselves facing fines from regulatory agencies and require a solution.

THC addresses these issues with a combination of proprietary chemistries, equipment, and process methodologies that are simple to apply, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective.

Reducing the Impact

THC reduces the cleaning time and time-to-entry of petroleum tanks by up to 90%.

Large, land-based storage tanks are repositories for invaluable oil and oil-based products that fuel our economy but also retain unwanted accumulations of petroleum sludge, residue, and baked-on asphaltenes, posing a hazardous and costly clean-up task for tank operators. Traditional cleaning methods generally require petroleum, diesel, and caustic chemicals, worker entry into the tanks for high-pressure spraying, and frequently manual scrubbing of surfaces.

Our Non-toxic Products

With a much safer cleaning regimen, TerraHydroChem’s non-toxic, fully biodegradable products convert tank sludge into a liquid, allowing it to flow to the bottom of the structure so that personnel can efficiently pump out the oil and other fluids. We accomplish this through a simple, highly effective two-step process that applies our proprietary products.

Our solvent is followed by our proprietary finishing rinse that removes hydrocarbon from the metal pores, reducing the time to achieve a sufficiently low LEL and preventing it from spiking after re-entry. Our cleaning technique typically takes less than half the time and dramatically reduces labor, equipment, and overall job costs.

Reducing the Impact

Frac tanks used in drilling operations can contain various forms of solid waste, sludge, and wastewater contaminated with multiple levels of hydrocarbons, chlorides, and hazardous elements. Traditional convention in the oilfield has been to drain and transport the frac tank contents to disposal facilities, often at great distances, liability, and cost.

Our recycling process liquefies sludge and pumps frac tank wastewater into an external processor where fluids are separated; solids are processed to nearly non-detect levels and reused onsite. Oil is recovered, and water is recycled into reusable, chloride-free Ag quality water.