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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, Oil & Gas

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, Oil & Gas

Tank Emissions Software: What You Need to Know First

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Have you ever considered using some kind of software for tracking and reporting your tank emissions? Most Oil & Gas businesses have realized that tank emissions software is the most effective way to manage their EH&S obligations. In fact, ERA Environmental was invited to come speak at the Oil & Gas Environmental Conference this December to talk about how to evaluate and compare tank emissions software.

Want to see our other OGENV Presentations? 
Click here for Building a Compliance Management System for the Oil & Gas Industry
Click here for Conducting a World Class Environmental Audit: Oil & Gas Facilities

If you've come to the conclusion that your business would benefit from a tank management software, there are some things to consider before hand:

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Also posted in: Environmental Compliance & Data Management, Oil & Gas

Building a Compliance Management System for the Oil & Gas Industry

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

At the 2015 Oil & Gas Environmental Conference (OGENV), ERA Environmental was invited to come speak about how any oil & gas facility can design, develop, and implement a system for managing and improving compliance tasks.

Want to see our other OGENV Presentations? 
Click here for Tank Emissions Software: What You Need to Know First
Click here for Conducting a World Class Environmental Audit: Oil & Gas Facilities

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Also posted in: Environmental Compliance & Data Management, Oil & Gas

Conducting A World Class Environmental Audit: Oil & Gas Facilities

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

ERA was at the 2015 Oil & Gas Environmental Conference (OGENV) in Dallas, Texas recently and we were invited to give a presentation on Conducting and Preparing for a World Class Environmental Audit

Want to see our other OGENV Presentations? 
Click here for Tank Emissions Software: What You Need to Know First
Click here for Building a Compliance Management System for the Oil & Gas Industry

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Also posted in: Conferences, Environmental Compliance & Data Management, Oil & Gas

Sneak Peek: ERA's Compliance Talk at the Oil & Gas Environmental Conference

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Today ERA's co-founder Gary Vegh is giving a presentation on compliance management at the Oil & Gas Environmental Conference, taking place today in Texas. 

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Also posted in: Environmental Compliance & Data Management, Oil & Gas

Tank Emission Software: Evaluating your Options

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

ERA Environmental's petrochemical specialists were at the Oil & Gas Environmental Conference. We gave two talks: one about evaluating your Tank Emission Software and another about data management and planning for the oil & gas industry. 

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas

Insulated Tank Emissions: Breathing Losses from Hot & Heated Tanks

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

A common assumption when dealing with hot and heated tanks is that their insulation protects them from the ambient heat fluctuations occurring throughout the day. This often leads reporters to assume that hot and heated tanks generate zero breathing losses.

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas

Hot & Heated Tanks: Five Steps to Flawless Emission Determinations

Posted by Alex Chamberlain


One of the biggest challenges for any site that uses tanks – including those in the Oil & Gas industry and chemical manufacturing – has been that the long-standing industry standard tool, EPA TANKS 4.09D, turned out to be not that reliable after all. The EPA is no longer supporting the further development of TANKS and some state agencies are rejecting hot and heated tank emission estimations made using the tool, since it was found to underestimate those types of emissions.

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas Air Emissions: Methane Regulations on the Near Horizon

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

The Oil & Gas industry is currently experiencing a boom in production – which means good things for Oil & Gas companies… but it also means that the entire industry is catching the eyes of regulators looking to minimize the impact of Oil & Gas activities on the environment. 

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas