Ohio EPA requests early stakeholder input for potential oil and gas rules.

November 29, 2018

On November 20, 2018 the Ohio EPA announced it is requesting early stakeholder input until December 19, 2018 on potential rules that would cover air pollution emissions from existing non-conventional oil and gas facilities that are not currently covered by Ohio EPA’s most recent general permit.

The rules would cover similar equipment and requirements that are currently covered in U.S. EPA’s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas sector, as well as Ohio EPA’s oil and gas general permits. The rules would cover both existing and new sources like oil and gas well sites and gas compressor stations.

What specific equipment, locations and regulations are being considered?

Ohio EPA envisions the regulations to be similar in format and coverage to U.S. EPA’s NSPS Subpart OOOOa for the oil and natural gas sector. At a minimum, these rules will cover:

  • Equipment installed at an oil and gas well site including dehydrators, heaters, compressors, storage tanks, equipment leaks – all of the typical equipment involved in processing the gas once it leaves the well.
  • Equipment installed at mid-stream compressor stations including similar equipment as listed above at well sites.
  • We also expect the rules to be a combination of NSPS requirements and Ohio EPA requirements as found in Ohio EPA’s current General Permits for well sites and compressor station equipment.
  • We expect the rules to cover all unconventional oil and gas facilities, unlike the NSPS which covers only “new, reconstructed or modified” facilities.

Comments should be sent by the close of business on Dec. 19 to Mike Hopkins, Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control, PO Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049 or by email to mike.hopkins@epa.ohio.gov.

Click here for further information from Ohio EPA on the early stakeholder outreach for these rules.

What this means to you
Ohio EPA is requesting early stakeholder input by December 19, 2018 on potential rules that would cover air pollution emissions from existing non-conventional oil and gas facilities that are not currently covered by Ohio EPA’s most recent general permit. Targeted equipment and locations include dehydrators, heaters, compressors, storage tanks, equipment leaks at well sites and mid-stream compressor stations.

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