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Our EH&S blog is your go-to source for industry news, advice, and compliance information. With each post, our team of experts (advanced degree holders in chemistry, environmental science, management, and more) maps out today’s most pressing EH&S issues. We also try to keep things interesting!

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Sub Part W: Realigning to Ease GHG Reporting – Part 2

Posted by Lorcan Archer

This is the second of two blog posts that will take a close look at new changes to Sub Part W reporting, which are set to swing into place over 2017. 

As we have previously explored, 2017 will see this important realignment amongst Oil & Gas operators. This shift primarily will concern production, transfer and storage locations that are engaged in New Source Performance Standard OOOO (Quad O) and/or OOOOa (Quad Oa) reporting, as per US regulations.

The change revolves around how the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting program’s Sub Part W requirements are set to aligned with the existing NSPS Quad O and Quad Oa reporting processes.

This year, data inputs utilized in Sub Part W reporting will reflect those from the existing NSPS Quad O/Oa reporting processes.

This represents a considerable streamlining of data processing for all facilities engaged with this reporting.

The purpose of this article is to examine exactly which segments of the oil & gas industry will be affected, as well as highlighting some of the best ways in which your facility can demonstrate compliance. 

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Also posted in: GHG

Sub Part W: Realigning to Ease GHG Reporting – Part 1

Posted by Lorcan Archer

This is the first of two blog posts that will explore recent changes to Sub Part W reporting, which are set to take place in 2017.

2017 will see an important realignment amongst Oil & Gas operators. This will concern facilities that are engaged in New Source Performance Standard OOOO (Quad O) and/or OOOOa (Quad Oa) reporting in the United States.

The change revolves around how the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting program’s Sub Part W requirements are set to be brought in line with the existing NSPS Quad O and Quad Oa reporting processes.

As of 2017, the data utilized in Sub Part W reporting will reflect those from the existing NSPS Quad O/Oa reporting processes.

This represents a considerable streamlining of data processing, which will affect all those facilties engaged with this kind of reporting. 

This article will attempt to explore the nature of this regulatory change, illustrating the legislative background to these key adjustments.

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Also posted in: GHG

Canada's Carbon Plan Solidifies, as New Emissions Deals Land

Posted by Lorcan Archer

Since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his plan to implement a carbon tax across Canada on October 3, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in how this will be applied, and its potential impact on business both north and south of the Canadian border.

While there has been a considerable backlash against the plans (particularly from Canadian provinces), as well as strong support from environmental groups; what’s clear is that a major economy in the G7 is proceeding with a plan that will put in place year-on-year increases on the price of emitting carbon.

With a substantial majority, the Liberal Party of Canada seems committed to this course of action. Businesses would do well to ready themselves for more robust environmental management and reporting.  

As an industry development, this carbon plan is important. However, it’s not happening in isolation... 

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Also posted in: Environmental Compliance & Data Management, GHG

CO2 Reaches Tipping Point as Post-Paris World Gears Up For Carbon Tax

Posted by Lorcan Archer

Last week, it was announced that the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) present in the global atmosphere had reached the key level of 400 parts per million.

This is a milestone. The 400 parts per million stat has long been considered a key ‘tipping point’ in CO2 levels. Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in Hawaii, which directs the program that detected this reading, described it as the point at which “irreversible damage to the environment” occurs.

As with most climate science, it’s not a reading that will result in sudden, observable changes in the environment – but it is an indication that human activity has considerably altered the make-up of the planet’s atmosphere. Harm reduction, particularly via air emissions, is the goal from here on in. This was the focus of the recent Paris climate deal.

Policymakers are taking notes – and so should industry in general.

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Also posted in: Environmental Compliance & Data Management, GHG