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Catalytic Oxidizer vs Thermal Oxidizer

Certain manufacturing processes can release harmful pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere. These elements have a negative impact on the overall health of surrounding ecosystems and can cause long-lasting damage over the years if left unregulated. In a bid to protect both public and environmental safety, many government agencies have begun […]

Retrofitting Air-Assisted Flares to Attain 99.5% Destruction Efficiency

Cimarron’s senior technical staff gave presentations for the 2022 Onshore Wellsite Facilities Conference held in Houston, TX on September 20-22, 2022. One presentation was regarding high destruction and removal efficiency (DRE) flares which included valuable technical information for the design, sizing, operation, and monitoring of air-assisted flares to attain 99.5% destruction efficiency. This informative talk […]

NSPS OOOOa Annual Report due October 31st, 2022

NSPS OOOOa applies to oil and gas facilities constructed, modified or reconstructed after September 18, 2015. The rule controls venting and fugitive emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and methane from oil and gas production, processing, transmission, and storage sectors. The rule has specific emission control standards for various equipment and processes. The rule also […]

All you need to know about EPA Facility Level Information on GHGs Tool (FLIGHT)

Beginning in 2011, oil and gas facilities were required to report greenhouse gases (GHG) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) using the online e-GGRT system. Besides, oil and gas (O&G) operations, the GHGRP includes a total of 41 industrial categories. Reporting is required for facilities that annual emit 25,000 […]

What Is an Enclosed Combustion Device?

Now that we are seeing the effects of climate change in real-time, it’s time we think about what we can do to mitigate it. And one of the causes of climate change is fugitive emissions and gases released when burning wastes. Using fossil fuels in an uncontrolled environment is also a leading factor in climate […]

Carbon Intensity Measures for Oil and Gas Industry

The worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has resulted in carbon intensity metrics that can compare the relative amount of GHGs between companies and facilities. GHG emissions are expected from all oil and gas operations and total mass emissions of GHG is not a good measure of how efficient an operation is in […]

Proposed EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rules

On June 21, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed changes for the rules in 40 CFR 98 – Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting. This rule requires facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more of greenhouse gases (GHG) to annually report their GHG emissions. EPA is proposing that the revisions become effective on […]

Landfill Air Quality Rules

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has regulations that affect air emissions from municipal solid waste landfills (MSWLF). A municipal solid waste landfill is a site that receives household waste and may also receive nonhazardous solid wastes and very small quantity generators (VSQG). MSWLFs emit landfill gas (LFG) generated from the biodegradation of organic materials. The […]

Oklahoma New Oil & Gas General Air Permit

On July 1, 2022, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (OKDEQ) issued and updated the General Permit for Oil and Gas Facilities (GP-OGF). The GP OGF and required application form (DEQ Form #100-306) was updated to meet current EPA criteria for enforceability and to give more flexibility for permittees. A copy of the permit, application […]

Oil & Gas Scope 1, 2, 3 Emissions

The need to determine a company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has become a mandatory task for all oil and gas (O&G) operators. Current regulations only require annual reporting of direct GHG emissions from a company’s operations. With the advent of more Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) scoring of companies, there is a need to calculate […]