HY-BON/EDI Blog: Quad O Compliance and Vent Gas Management

Nov 13, 2017

The USEPA and many States allow operators to voluntarily disclose violations of environmental laws and regulations that are found during an audit. This can involve air, water, waste and other environmental laws and regulations. These programs can be used protect the confidentiality of audit findings and reduce or eliminate monetary penalties provided the company meets certain criteria. Application of these laws/policies are usually on a case-by-case basis.

Voluntary Disclosure of Environmental Violations

Sep 12, 2017

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (OKDEQ) is the environmental agency that administers air quality regulations and permitting programs in Oklahoma. Oil and gas (O&G) production facilities are required to obtain, from the OKDEQ, an air permit prior to construction with some exemptions available.

Oil and Gas Air Permitting in Oklahoma

Aug 22, 2017

Oil and gas production processes result in the venting of a portion of the produced natural gas. Vent gas management is a continuing issue for oil and gas operators. Companies must balance permitting requirements, regulatory compliance and corporate responsibility to minimize pollution, waste and liabilities.  Recovery of the vent gas increases revenue to the facility while releasing the gas to the atmosphere or combusting the gas results in air pollution. This makes an understanding of vent gas and a practical management strategy important.

Oil and Gas Venting Emissions

Jul 31, 2017

Oil and gas operators prepare air emission inventories for their facilities for a variety of reasons. Air emission inventories gather data from facilities so that air emissions can be quantified. These reasons for conduct an air emission inventory include the following:

  • Air permitting for new facilities and modifications to existing facilities
  • Annual criteria air pollutants and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) inventories for major sources
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories
Oil and Gas Air Emission Inventories

Jun 9, 2017

In a Federal Register Notice dated June 5, 2017, the EPA granted a reconsideration and partial stay of the Oil and Natural Gas New Source Performance Standards in NSPS OOOOa. Consult the Federal Notice EPA–HQ–OAR–2010–0505; FRL–9963–40–OAR for details.

NSPS OOOOa 90-Day Stay Finalized

Apr 21, 2017

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the environmental agency that administers air quality regulations and permitting programs in Texas. Oil and gas (O&G) production facilities are required to obtain, from the TCEQ, an air permit prior to construction.

Oil and Gas Air Permitting in Texas

Mar 14, 2017

Obtaining and complying with air permits is critical part of the operation of oil and gas production facilities. Air permits are processed, approved and enforced by State environmental regulatory agencies unless located on Federal lands or waters. Regardless of the regulatory agency involved, there are several common things an operator can do to ensure easier permit approval and compliance.

Oil and Gas Air Permitting Helpful Tips

Feb 23, 2017

Federal and State regulatory rules require oil and gas (O&G) operators to reduce natural gas venting and leaks from their operations. NSPS OOOO has standards for VOC emissions from storage tanks, compressor seals, pneumatic controllers and fugitive leaks (primarily natural gas processing). NSPS OOOOa has standards for VOC and methane emissions from storage tanks, compressor seals, pneumatic controllers, pneumatic pumps and fugitive leaks. Several State environmental regulatory agencies have their own State specific regulations for venting and leaks.

Identify, Quantify and Rectify (IQR) Venting and Leaks

Jan 25, 2017

OVERVIEW: The below is BLM reasoning for the rule. HY-BON/EDI can help you through it.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has updated its regulations to reduce the waste of natural gas from flaring, venting, and leaks from oil and gas production operations on public and Indian lands.  The final requirements, which will be phased in, will help curb waste of our nation’s natural gas supplies; reduce harmful air pollution, including greenhouse gases; and provide a fair return on public resources for federal taxpayers, Tribes, and States.

Jan 6, 2017

Vapor combustion units (VCU) also called enclosed combustion devices or enclosed flares are widely used in oil and gas operations to control vent gas VOC and methane emissions. VCUs are a good alternative control device when a vapor recovery unit (VRU) is not feasible for the application. Many operators prefer VCUs over candlestick (open tipped) flares since properly designed and sized VCUs do not have a visible flame, minimize or eliminate any smoke and have a far greater destruction efficiency.

Enclosed Vapor Combustors Units and Air Quality Regulations