A PENNSYLVANIA FRAMEWORK OF ACTIONS FOR METHANE REDUCTIONS FROM THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR
Governor Tom Wolf has launched a groundbreaking strategy to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, and has been implicated in health risks. The plan is designed to reduce emissions from natural gas well sites, compressor stations and along pipelines, and will protect the environment, reduce climate change, and help businesses reduce the waste of a valuable product.
Methane, the primary component of natural gas, has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities.
With federal estimates that the natural gas and oil industries account for a quarter of U.S. methane emissions, reducing methane leaks from the oil and gas sector is one of the essential steps needed to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impacts of climate change.
PROPOSED GP-5A, REVISION TO GP-5 AND REVISION TO AIR QUALITY PERMIT EXEMPTIONS DOCUMENT
DEP has proposed a new General Plan Approval and/or General Operating Permit for Unconventional Natural Gas Well Site Operations and Remote Pigging Stations (BAQ-GPA/GP-5A or GP-5A); revisions to the existing General Plan Approval and/or General Operating Permit for Natural Gas Compressor Stations, Processing Plants and Transmission Stations (BAQ-GPA/GP-5 or GP-5) issued in Feb. 2013, and modified in Jan. 2015; and revisions to the Air Quality Permit Exemptions document (275-2101-003) on February 4, 2017. The General Permits establish Best Available Technology (BAT) requirements and other applicable Federal and State requirements including air emission limits, source testing, leak detection and repair, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements for the applicable air contamination sources.
The proposed GP-5A was developed under the authority of section 6.1(f) of the Air Pollution Control Act (35 P.S. § 4006.1(f)) and 25 Pa.?Code Chapter 127, Subchapter H (relating to general plan approvals and operating permits), and will be applicable to unconventional natural gas well site operations and remote pigging stations. Remote pigging stations are defined as a pigging station not located at an unconventional natural gas well site, natural gas compressor station, natural gas processing plant, or natural gas transmission station that emits more than 200 tons per year (tpy) of methane, 2.7 tpy of volatile organic compounds (VOC), 0.5 tpy of any individual hazardous air pollutant (HAP) or 1.0 tpy of total HAP.
The revised GP-5 was developed under the authority of section 6.1(f) of the Air Pollution Control Act and 25 Pa.?Code Chapter 127, Subchapter H, and will remain applicable to natural gas compressor stations and processing plants and add applicability to natural gas transmission stations.