President Biden highlighted the impact of methane emissions on climate change at the Conference of Parties 26 (“COP26”) talks in October. The effect of methane emissions is further demonstrated by a proliferation of mandatory and voluntary programs to limit methane emissions throughout the oil and natural gas supply chains. Particularly critical for oil and gas operators, “methane intensity” is becoming a preferred approach for communicating methane emissions data and performance throughout the industry.
Our team is equipped to assist clients in a wide range of industries to accomplish their reporting needs whether it be required by the state, the EPA, or even your stakeholders for CSR/ESG Reporting. Spirit’s experts are prepared to work with clients to develop complete and accurate reports, implement facility objectives, and provide necessary trainings and education on regulatory compliance.
On October 5, 2021, the EPA published a Final Rule in the Federal Register: “Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs): Establishing the Allowance Allocation and Program under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act” (AIM Act). The AIM Act directs the EPA to phasedown production and consumption of HFCs in the United States by 85% over the next 15 years. The effective date of this final rule is November 4, 2021.
Did you know the EPA is considering revisions to air quality designations under the 2015 ozone NAAQS? If so, did you realize the EPA intends to expand the Weld County, Colorado nonattainment designation and designate El Paso County, Texas as nonattainment? Well, it’s true.
Spirit has been keeping up with recent discussions regarding the Denver Metro/North Front Range (DM/NFR) ozone nonattainment area. As you may know, the DM/NFR ozone nonattainment area is currently classified as “serious” under the 2008 ozone standard and “marginal” under the 2015 ozone standard. This year (2021) is an attainment year for both of these standards.
Have you been keeping up with recent discussions regarding the Ozone Nonattainment Areas in Texas? Spirit Has! As you may know, the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) ozone nonattainment areas are currently classified as “serious” under the 2008 ozone standard and “marginal” under the 2015 ozone standard. San Antonio/Bexar County is also “marginal” under the 2015 ozone standard (this area is attainment under the 2008 ozone standard). Another important piece of information is that 2021 is an attainment year for both standards.
With recent updates and changes to Colorado’s Regulation 7, you may be unaware of upcoming deadlines for oil and gas operators.
Are you keeping track of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) related items? If you are, then you may be interested in the following information. On May 19th, 2021, the EPA published a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register entitled, “Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Establishing the Allowance Allocation and Trading Program under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act”.
Are you planning construction on your project site? Do you have prairie dog burrows or other mammal burrows such as those created by badgers or ground squirrels on the site? If so you will need to conduct surveys for the Western Burrowing Owl.
On June 11, 2021, the EPA published an “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” in the Federal Register. This notice concerns the addition of 1-Bromopropane (1‑BP) to the list of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) regulated under Section 112 of the Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA).
Have you seen the June 25, 2021 edition of the Texas Register? The TCEQ published changes to 30 TAC 116 (Chapter 116) that will allow a company to use the EPA’s “Project Emissions Accounting” (PEA) capability within the Major New Source Review (Major NSR – PSD and Nonattainment Review) applicability analysis.
On May 21, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a new Final Rule entitled “Federal Plan Requirements for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfills That Commenced Construction On or Before July 17, 2014, and Have Not Been Modified or Reconstructed Since July 17, 2014”?
This year, Colorado adopted a new rule affecting well production facilities and compressor stations that operate natural gas driven pneumatic controllers. These devices are designed to release small amounts of natural gas as they control processes at oil and natural gas facilities. Beginning May 1, 2021, all new or modified oil and gas facilities upstream of a natural gas processing plant in Colorado are required to use non-emitting pneumatic controllers.
Did you know that on May 19, 2021, the EPA published a new proposed rule regarding the phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)?
On April 30th, 2021, the Acting Assistant Administrator at the EPA issued a memo entitled “Strengthening Enforcement in Communities with Environmental Justice Concerns”. In this memo, the EPA is instructing their offices to strengthen the enforcement of violations related to cornerstone environmental statutes.
The production of renewable diesel fuels, sometimes called green diesel, in the United States is on the rise. Since renewable diesel is chemically the same as petroleum diesel, it may be used in its pure form (called R100) or mixed/blended with petroleum diesel similar to biodiesel blending.
The ESG wave is cresting, and as it does, companies are being caught in various positions ranging from surfing it to being caught in the break. For those not yet riding the wave, there can be a lot of consternation that can ripple from the boardroom to the field. For Environmental Health and Safety Managers, this presents both risks and opportunity.
The Colorado Air Pollution Control Division is implementing new well production facility LDAR requirements for facilities within 1,000 ft. of an occupied area which go into effect March 1, 2021.
Discharges associated with oil and gas activities, pipelines, and natural gas processing plants, will no longer fall under Railroad Commission of Texas jurisdiction.
Recent updates and changes to Colorado’s Regulations 3 and 7 may have you unaware of upcoming deadlines for oil and gas operators.
2021 is officially here and one of the early annual compliance reporting requirements is just around the corner!
As part of the December 2019 rulemaking process, Colorado passed new emission inventory reporting requirements (EI) under Regulation No. 7. The new requirements apply to oil and natural gas sources located at or upstream of a natural gas processing plant.
Our team is equipped to assist clients in a wide range of industries to accomplish their reporting needs. Spirit’s experts are prepared to work with clients to streamline reports, implement facility objectives, and provide necessary trainings and education on regulatory compliance.
As we head into the final months of 2020 (can you believe it?), the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (“AQCC”) has finalized changes to Regulation Number 7, increasing regulations to reduce emissions from oil and gas facilities.
On September 15, 2020, the EPA published the revised final rules for NSPS OOOO and OOOOa. Changes to these rules could affect your oil or natural gas facility.
Let Spirit assist you in determining if Best Available Monitoring Method (BAMM) is the approach for you.
Navigating the new Colorado EI requirements and submittal process?
Beginning July 1st, oil and gas operators in Colorado will need to start collecting activity data on all emission sources for the new annual emission inventory.
Are you submitting APEN(s) or construction permit applications to the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division during COVID-19?
Spirit’s summary of the recently issued Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program memo.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) has extended the 2019 Point Source Emissions Inventory (“EI”) Reporting deadline to on or before April 30, 2020.