Local Mud Business Anything but Dirty

Local Mud Business Anything but Dirty

MudSmith makes cleanliness, environment priority
Midland -- MudSmith got it's start in 1999.

"Like a lot of start-ups, we struggled along for the first 4 or 5 years," said Ken Goldsmith, MudSmith founder.

Boy, how things changed. MudSmith started seeing rapid growth in 2004, and today they're at the top of their game.

The company is now located in a compound appropriately named "Mudland". But surprisingly, being dirty isn't part of their business. In fact, a big chunk of their profits are used to maintain a green and very clean facility

"All of our facilities are paved or concreted so we don't have any blowing dust or pot holes or chug holes," said Goldsmith.

But keeping their property spic and span is only a small part of the big green picture. One major way MudSmith helps the environment is by powering their compound using geothermal energy.

"If it's 100 degrees outside we circulate water through 15 geo-loops in the 250 foot wellbores that act as somewhat of an underground radiator. It's my understanding that the underground temperature is 68 degrees, and so we trade the 100 degree temperature on the surface for the 68 degree temperature under the ground," explained Goldsmith.

They also use 50,000 square feet of roof space to capture as much rain water as possible. "We use rain water that we've collected to mix our drilling mud as much as possible so we can save the groundwater for human consumption," he said.

Instead of disposing of used drilling fluid from the oilfield, they choose to recycle and reuse. "We actually clean up the undesirable solids, recondition these muds to be reused over and over again in the oilfield."

It's taken a big chunk of profits to run this green operation, but it's a small price to pay when it comes to helping mother nature and the well-being of MudSmith employees.

"We could've bought toys, an airplane or whatever, but we decided we wanted to improve the quality of life for the people who've worked here and for the people that live near our operations," added Goldsmith.

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