As part of the development of the Obama Administrations “Methane Rules” for existing oil and gas sources, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is preparing to conduct an information collection request (ICR) from the production, gathering, processing and pipeline segments of the oil and gas industry.
In preparation, the US EPA has developed a mailing list for each industry segment included in the ICR as outlined below:
- Production: List of production well operators.
- Gathering and Boosting: List of parent companies expected to have gathering and boosting facilities.
- Processing; Compression; Underground Storage; LNG: List of individual facilities within each sector.
- Pipeline: List of State-level pipeline companies.
Currently, the Agency is requesting that companies register for the online database so that they can review their information and correct any potential errors. US EPA acknowledges that some of the information may be outdated or inaccurate or that the individual who is listed as the company’s contact may not be the appropriate person to receive the ICR.
If you or your company are included in this database, you will be required to complete the information collection request so it would benefit you to verify the accuracy of the information. Once the initial ICR is sent out, respondents will only have 30 days to complete the initial survey.
The EPA is specifically requesting that companies add any missing production well operators, parent companies of gathering and boosting facilities, and individual facilities or pipeline companies for the other industry segments into the mailing list.
Please note that even some individual domestic well owners are included on the US EPA’s list.
US EPA is currently seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for this ICR. Once it is finalized, there will be two parts to the ICR. Part 1 will collect corporate and operator-level contact information as well as counts for key equipment (e.g. wells, tanks, and compressors) at each facility owned or operated by that operator. Part 2 will collect detailed unit-specific information on emission sources at selected facilities as well as information on emission controls or management practices used to reduce emissions at the selected facilities.
The ICR seeks a broad range of information such as how equipment and emissions controls are, or can be, configured, and what installing those controls entails, including the associated costs. This information will help the agency determine how best to address methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, including through rulemaking to reduce emissions.
The agency is seeking information on numerous sources and activities, including natural gas venting that occurs as part of existing processes or maintenance activities, such as well and pipeline blowdowns, equipment malfunctions and flashing emissions from storage tanks. EPA also is seeking information on existing low-producing wells.
This website provides links to the revised ICR and other supporting documents.
OOGA is currently working with the Independent Petroleum Association of America to submit comments. If members would like to comment on the revised ICR before OIRA, comments must be submitted by October 31, 2016.