Requirement to Submit Emissions Inventory Data for Natural Gas Activities
[44 Pa.B. 7789]
[Saturday, December 13, 2014]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is notifying all owners and operators of companies involved in certain natural gas related activities across this Commonwealth that they must submit to the Department source reports on their facilities' air emissions for 2014. In accordance with section 4(3) of the Air Pollution Control Act (35 P. S. § 4004(3)) and 25 Pa. Code § 135.3 (relating to reporting), the Department is authorized to collect air quality emissions inventories, including those from owners and operators of facilities engaged in the following: coal bed methane gas compressing, processing and related activities; unconventional natural gas development, production, transmission, processing and related activities; and conventional natural gas compressing, processing and related activities. Complete source reports, including emissions data, for 2014 should be submitted to the Department no later than March 1, 2015. Subsequent source reports and annual emissions inventories will be due to the Department by March 1st each year for operations during the preceding calendar year.
The sources and activities that the Department has identified as subject to the emissions reporting requirements include, but are not limited to: drill rigs, well heads and well completions (unconventional natural gas activities); compressor stations; dehydration units; fugitives, such as connectors, flanges, pump lines, pump seals and valves; heaters and reboilers; pneumatic controllers and pumps; stationary engines; tanks, pressurized vessels and impoundments; venting; and blow down systems.
The Department is also notifying any owner and operator of compressor stations, regardless of the natural gas processed, that complete source reports should be submitted.
Emission statements required for stationary sources emitting 50 and 100 tons per year of volatile organic compounds and oxides of nitrogen, respectively, should have already been submitted to the Department as required under 25 Pa. Code § 135.21 (relating to emission statements).
Additional information may be obtained by contacting Karen Gee, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality, Air Information Section, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg PA 17105-8468, (717) 783-9241, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DANA K. AUNKST,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-2564. Filed for public inspection December 12, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]
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