New Subpart W Legislation Passed

What Happened?   

On October 22, 2015, the EPA released the Final Rule for revisions to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems source category (Subpart W). Under this rule, the EPA has added two new industry segments: the Onshore Petroleum and Natural Gas Gathering and Boosting segment and the Onshore Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline segment.

Major Changes
  • The new Onshore Petroleum and Natural Gas Gathering and Boosting segment will include GHG emissions from equipment within the gathering and boosting system (from well to distribution line, i.e. dehydrators, separators, compressors, storage tanks).
  • Includes completions and workovers of oil wells with hydraulic fracturing in the existing Onshore Petroleum and Natural Gas Production segment.
  • The new Onshore Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines segment will include emissions from blowdowns of natural gas transmission pipelines.
  • Allow temporary use of best available monitoring methods (BAMM) for any newly added sources.
What Does This Mean?

The oil and gas industry will need to begin record keeping for the newly amended rule beginning January 1, 2016. The first GHG report will be due by March 31, 2017.

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