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ERA's Environmental Compliance Management Blog

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!

We’re committed to helping companies like yours maintain safe, efficient, environmentally-conscious operations. Use the buttons below to find EH&S blog posts that match your specific interests. And if you don’t see the type of content you need, please let us know!

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

Tank Emission Software: Evaluating your Options

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Today, December 1, 2015, ERA Environmental's petrochemical specialists are at the Oil & Gas Environmental Conference. We're giving 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

Tank Emissions and Quad O Compliance: Important Definition Change

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Quad O – otherwise known as CFR 40 part 60 Subpart OOOO — is one of the most broad-reaching regulations in the Oil & Gas industry, covering storage tanks, compressors, sweetening units, leak detection and repair (LDAR) and many other common VOC sources used in onshore production.

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas, Emissions Management

Tank Emissions Guessing Game: Are Default Values Skewing Your Reports?

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

It’s no secret that petrochemical manufacturers and refiners simply cannot know the exact chemical breakdown of some of their petrochemical liquids. Crude oil is perhaps the best example of this: every tank of crude oil will have different ranges for chemical components, and the majority of that data is unknown or imprecise.
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Also posted in: Oil & Gas

Petrochemical Tank Emissions: Understanding Partial Speciation

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

No matter how stellar your data management practices are for materials stored or blended in your tanks, you’re likely to come across a substance that you simply cannot know the exact chemical composition for. The most common example is crude oil: any refinery that deals with crude oil must also deal with a handful of unknown chemical properties which makes reporting air emissions difficult.

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas