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White River National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing Environmental Impact Statement

White River National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing Environmental Impact Statement

White River National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing Environmental Impact StatementWREG prepared the air quality specialist report for the White River National Forest (WRNF) Oil and Gas Leasing Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Revision. The WRNF made an oil and gas leasing decision in 1993 that made 1.5 million acres of the WRNF in Colorado available for leasing and imposed stipulations on some of the lands when leased. In 2008, the WRNF prepared an EIS to review and update the 1993 Oil and Gas Leasing Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD).

In completing the air quality specialist report, WREG addressed designated indicators, including emissions related to vehicles, heavy equipment, and diesel generators; emissions related to temporary venting or flaring of natural gas; greenhouse gases and climate change; noise and odor; near-field air quality from fugitive dust during construction activities; near-field air quality related to operation and maintenance of well facilities; effects on air-quality-related values (AQRVs) including visibility impairment (regional haze) and acid deposition at Class I and sensitive Class II areas; compliance with Colorado and National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS); and compliance with Wilderness Act requirements to maintain or enhance conditions in designated wilderness areas. The impact analysis addressed how the next 20 years of oil and gas activity could affect each of the designated indicators.

Oil and Natural Gas Industry Guidance and Training

Oil and Natural Gas Industry Guidance and Training

Oil and Natural Gas Industry Guidance and TrainingAt the request of the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division (APCD), WREG prepared an air quality guidance document for use by the oil and natural gas industry in Colorado. The guidance document contains descriptions of industry equipment, emission calculation methods, applicable requirements determination worksheets, compliance requirements lists, and discussions of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and APCD policies that affect the industry. Glycol dehydrators, storage tanks, engines, turbines, miscellaneous combustion sources, truck loading, flares and incinerators, sulfur recovery units, fugitive volatile organic compound sources, miscellaneous sources, and non-emitting equipment are addressed. Requirements from the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), New Source Review (NSR), and state regulations are included. APCD also had WREG present a training workshop for state employees and industry representatives on using the guidance document.

Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Air Quality Support

Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Air Quality Support

Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Air Quality SupportWREG has provided day-to-day permitting and compliance support for a global oil and gas firm for several years. Activities have included preparation of permit applications, notifications, compliance reports/spreadsheets, emission estimates/inventories, Colorado Air Pollutant Emission Notices (APENs), compliance audits/assessments, sampling, and database development. Dispersion modeling has been performed for permitting of facilities in Texas, Wyoming, and Colorado. Additional projects include preparing a response to comprehensive data requests from the Central Region Air Planning Association (CENRAP), the Western Regional Air Partnership, and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality; investigation of glycol dehydrator area source Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) notification requirements for multiple states; investigation of methods for estimating methanol emissions from evaporation ponds; and control device performance tracking and analysis.

Early Action Compact/Ozone Action Plan

Early Action Compact/Ozone Action Plan

Early Action Compact/Ozone Action PlanWREG provided support to the Colorado Petroleum Association (CPA) during the Denver Early Action Compact (EAC) development and modeling process in 2003. The EAC allowed the Denver area to postpone designation as a nonattainment area with respect to 8-hour ozone standards by reducing emissions and demonstrating attainment on an accelerated schedule. WREG personnel represented CPA on the Modeling Review Panel that was convened by the Regional Air Quality Council to oversee the photochemical modeling demonstrations that were a required portion of the EAC process.

Following the northern Front Range’s designation as nonattainment with the 8-hour ozone standard, WREG assisted oil & gas and downstream petroleum industry clients in the stakeholder process that resulted in an Ozone Action Plan in 2008-2009. WREG personnel attended stakeholder meetings and prepared briefings for clients, helped clients prepare comments, and provided testimony at the December 2008 Colorado Air Quality Control Commission hearings regarding new regulations that were part of the Ozone Action Plan.