California’s Final “Methane Rule” for Oil and Gas Operations – Next Steps and Compliance Management
By Yasmeen Sultana
Thursday, May 18th 2017 @ 11:30 AM
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On March 23, 2017, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted the final greenhouse gas standards for the oil and gas operations to meet Governor Jerry Brown’s goals to reduce Methane emissions by 40-45% by 2025 from the oil and gas sector. This regulatory activity is significant for Oil and Gas Sectors as it covers both existing and new sources of methane within the Oil and Gas sectors unlike previous regulations. The scope of the regulation includes potential sources of methane such as storage tanks, circulation tanks used in well stimulation, compressors, pneumatic devices and pumps, fugitive leaks, liquids unloading of natural gas wells, well casing vents and underground natural gas storage wells. There are standard requirements to install control devices on tanks, however, there are also very stringent requirements such as quarterly inspections under Leak Detection and Repair. The regulation becomes effective January 1, 2018. Local Air Districts can and may choose to implement many aspects of the Regulation, in concert with their own programs, for oil and gas facilities. CARB is expected to finalize the Memoranda of Agreements with such air districts by the end of this year. Operators are required to prepare for compliance with several requirements by January 1, 2018. Compliance activities this year include applicability determination, inventory compilation, potential testing, activities associated with permitting/registration, and other tasks, as applicable.
Yasmeen Sultana is a Principal Consultant working in Stantec’s Bakersfield, California office. Ms. Sultana has more than 10 years of experience in air quality and climate change practice specifically within the oil and gas sector. She worked as an Air Quality Inspector at San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in Central Valley, CA. Ms. Sultana has also worked on air permitting, Title V compliance assessment and auditing projects for various manufacturing, oil and gas, power plants, and other clients. Ms. Sultana has been assisting major Upstream Oil and Gas clients and Western States Petroleum Association with California Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) new emerging Methane rule with advocacy support.
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