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Keeping your LDAR Program Current

The 15th LDAR Symposium Sponsored by the ISA just concluded in New Orleans.  If you were unable to attend that session, here is a webinar that was presented prior to the Symposium "Keeping your LDAR Program Current."


On November 28, 2014  - the Department of Energy issued a proposed rule that will impact commercial and industrial compressors.  From the summary of the proposed rule:

"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is considering establishing energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial compressors. To date, DOE has considered energy conservation standards only for compressors intended to compress air, rather than natural gas. As a result, DOE's current efforts have focused on air compressors.

The CSB was busy last week

In addition to the Chemical Safety Board's release of the analysis on the 2014 Sulfuric Acid release at a refinery in California, it also "closed the book" on the Anacortes refinery 2010 explosion.  The CSB's analysis on the Sulfuric Acid release can be foundhere. And while the final report on the 2010 explosion was released earlier this year, there were some legal questions being investigated.  The final report can be foundherealong with recommendations from the American Petroleum Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency, and others.

EPA's veiw on methane leaks from natural gas pipelines

Just prior to the DOE's meeting on July, 29 - EPA released areporton July 25 from the agency's Inspector General (IG).  In this report, the IG found that EPA was doing too little to limit methane leakage from natural gas transmission lines and the natural gas infrastructure. From the IG's report, it appears that the voluntary programs have not "succeeded in limiting the output of methane emissions from pipelines."

The report suggests that EPA needs to increase its efforts to limit these emissions including proposing new regulations either on its own or working with other agencies such as DOT.

Department of Energy - Announces Initiative - Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution

On July 29, 2014 - The Department of Energy (DOE) announced its initiative to "help modernize natural gas transmission and distribution infrastructure."  You might have seen something about the DOE's effort to minimize methane emissions - or possibly a story on an initiative to improve safety. The Capstone Roundtable event described in theFact Sheet- was a meeting of "leaders from industry, environmental organizations, state regulators, consumer groups, academia, and unions" to provide the Administration with perspectives on opportunities to modernize the infrastructure to reduce methane emissions.

EPA Approves the Texas Standard Permit for Oil and Gas

Here is the FR Notice 

While you were enjoying the Holidays....

Well look at the calendar, 2014 is here already.  It is January.  And, if you are in the petroleum, chemicals or oil and gas businesses, January starts off the massive reporting season.  There are the year end environmental reports, consent decree reports, emission inventories, chemical inventories, permit reports (Quarterly, Semi-Annual, and Annual), and the list can go on and on.  Even if you are a "small" facility - the reporting burden, doesn't change much, you just have fewer resources to use to complete the tasks.
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