Air Quality Standard Permit for Oil and Gas Handling and Production Facilities
March 11, 2015: On December 31, 2014, a notice was published in the Federal Register finalizing amendments to NSPS OOOO . Prior to these amendments, the NSPS were silent on the applicability determination for storage vessels connected in parallel. However, the December 31, 2014 amendments added language to the definition of “storage vessel” that provides: “Two or more storage vessels connected in parallel are considered equivalent to a single storage vessel with throughput equal to the total throughput of the storage vessels connected in parallel.” Therefore, applicability, emissions, and control determinations conducted prior to December 31, 2014 for storage vessels connected in parallel may need to be reevaluated.
In light of the above information, TCEQ has chosen to exercise its enforcement discretion for Group 1 and 2 vessels to expire on April 15, 2016 to allow operators of storage vessels connected in parallel additional time to reevaluate emissions and NSPS OOOO applicability. This applies to reporting, recordkeeping and control requirements. The scope of this enforcement discretion is limited to NSPS OOOO compliance and applies only to storage vessels operated in parallel that were constructed, modified or reconstructed prior to December 31, 2014.
The standard permit applies to all stationary facilities, or groups of facilities, at a site which handle gases and liquids associated with the production, conditioning, processing, and pipeline transfer of fluids or gases found in geologic formations on or beneath the earth’s surface including, but not limited to, crude oil, natural gas, condensate, and produced water.
The requirements of the new non-rule standard permit and associated general requirements is authorized under Texas Health and Safety Code section 382.05195 and only new projects and dependent facilities located in the Barnett Shale are applicable. For all other new projects and dependent facilities Title 30, Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC) Sections 116.601-615 , and (30 TAC) Section 116.620 apply.
- Who Regulates Oil and Gas Activities in Texas?
- Air Permitting Options for New or Modified Facilities
- Maintenance, Startup, and Shutdown
Authorization under Standard Permit
For all new projects and dependent facilities not located in the Barnett Shale counties.
- The current standard permit Section 116.620 is applicable
- For projects located outside the Barnett Shale counties which are constructed or modified on or after April 1, 2011, companies may voluntarily register under the new requirements in (a)-(k).
For all new projects or modifications to site located in Barnett Shale counties (Counties included in the Barnett Shale area are Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hill, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise counties).
- Projects constructed or modified on or after February 27, 2011 but before April 1, 2011, the current standard permit Section 116.620 is applicable.
- For projects located in one of the Barnett Shale counties which are constructed or modified on or after April 1, 2011 subsections (a)-(k) of the non-rule standard permit apply. More information.
How to claim the Standard Permit:
Whether registering for the new non-rule standard permit for a Barnett Shale project, or the 116.620 standard permit for anywhere else in the state, a registration for and oil and gas standard permit should contain certain items. For a list of important registration content. In addition, unless electronically filing a new Barnett Shale project, a PI-1S Form , Core Data form, and all supporting documentation must be submitted.
In conjunction with the oil and gas rule development, the oil and gas team has assembled several tools to assist in completing PBR and standard permit registrations and determine compliance. The TCEQ is always seeking comment and input on improving or clarifying guidance and tools. Please feel free to send any questions and comments to email@example.com.
- Federal Standards Applicability Table
- Emission Calculations Spreadsheet
- Representative Gas and Liquid Analysis
- Flash Emissions Evaluation
- Produced Water Evaluation
- Truck Loading/Unloading Evaluation
- Control Device Charts
- Vapor Recovery Units
- Barge and Ship Loading Authorization and Emissions Guidance (under review)
- Impacts Evaluation Guidance
What do I do if the site does not qualify for the Standard Permit?
Background Information on Recent Changes
- Technical Background Summary and Response to Comments for the non-rule standard permit Effective November 2011
- Technical Background Summary for the nonrule standard permit Effective February 2011
- Response to Comments Effective February 2011
- Technical Background Summary Effective January 2012
Other information and resources for Oil and Gas:
- Rule Registration Section: Planned Maintenance, Startup, and Shutdown
- Small Business and Local Government Assistance
- Oil and Gas Facilities: Compliance Resources
- Who Regulates Oil and Gas Activities in Texas?
- PBR 106.352 Information
September 23, 2013: The EPA has published the direct final adoption of the changes to 40 CFR 60 NSPS Subpart OOOO. NSPS OOOO
March 12, 2013: The Commission has approved proposal of the Oil and Gas Maintenance, Startup, and Shutdown (MSS) Permit by Rule (PBR). Visit the Oil and Gas Stakeholder Group website for more information.
November 20, 2012: Amendments to Section 106.352, Oil and Gas Handling and Production Facilities and the Air Quality Standard Permit for Oil and Gas Handling and Production Facilities.
On October 31, 2012 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) adopted amendments to the permit by rule and standard permit for oil and gas handling production facilities. The amendments removed Archer, Bosque, Coryell, Clay, Comanche, Eastland, Shackelford, and Stephens counties from the applicability of 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Section 106.352(a)-(k) and from the nonrule air quality standard permit, 30 TAC Section 106.352(l) will apply to PBR facilities in the removed counties constructed on or after November 22, 2012. The standard permit in 30 TAC Section 116.620 will apply to standard permit facilities in the removed counties constructed on or after November 8, 2012.
Additionally, the amendments extended the deadline for the historical notification requirement in Section 30 TAC 106.352(f) from January 1, 2013 to January 15, 2015. This historical notification requirement applies to facilities located in Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hill, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise counties.
If you have questions, call (512) 239-1250 and ask to speak to someone in the Rules and Registration Section, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 28, 2012: EPA has published the final version of new 40 CFR 60 NSPS SubPart OOOO and revisions to 40 CFR 63 NESHAP SubParts HH and HHH which affect many parts of the oil and gas industry. Additional information is available .
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