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Upcoming: Free Online TCEQ Air Compliance Workshops for Oil and Gas Operations

Over the past several years, emissions and air quality issues from oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin have been focused areas of concern for environmental groups and the driver for flyover monitoring and enforcement by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We can expect that addressing unauthorized emissions from oil and gas facilities will continue to be a priority for TCEQ. TCEQ will host the following three free online workshops directed at various aspects of oil and gas industry compliance:

  • Emissions Event Workshop: November 5, 2020, 9:00am to noon Central

    Topics covered will include how to determine if unauthorized emissions are from routine operations or an emissions event, a venting and flaring overview from the Railroad Commission, and information on NSPS Subpart OOOO and sour gas compliance. Discussion will no doubt cover information TCEQ provided in its just-issued TCEQ Compliance Alert: Guide to Oil and Gas Emissions Events.

  • Air Permitting Options for the Oil and Gas Industry: November 12, 2020, 9:00am to 11:30am Central

    This session will cover the use of the following New Source Review (NSR) permitting mechanisms: permits by rule, standard permits, and case-by-case NSR permits.

  • The Audit Act and Permian Basin Find It and Fix It Initiative: November 17, 2020, 9:00am to 11:30am Central

    At this workshop TCEQ will explain the temporary “Find It and Fix It” Initiative, for which notification of intent to participate must be submitted no later than January 31, 2021. A Permian Basin owner or operator can choose to participate in the initiative or conduct self-auditing pursuant to the Texas EHS Audit Privilege Act, but cannot do both. Accordingly, comparison of the requirements and benefits of those programs will assist with evaluating whether and how to use one of these programs to detect and correct noncompliance over the coming months.

© 2022 Beveridge & Diamond PC National Law Review, Volume X, Number 309
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Madeleine Boyer Environmental Attorney Beveridge Diamond
Principal

Maddie brings 25 years of experience providing strategic and solutions-oriented counseling and representation on a broad range of US and Latin American environmental, health and safety standards.

Her portfolio includes environmental regulatory counseling; audit oversight and support; supply chain and product stewardship advocacy and compliance; and high-stakes enforcement matters. Her domestic caseload currently includes air and waste matters before the US Department of Justice, the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas, the US Environmental...

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Laura L. LaValle Clean Air Act Attorney Beveridge & Diamond Austin, TX
Office Managing Principal

Laura's practice has focused on Clean Air Act matters for over 20 years.

Laura's air quality experience includes advising and representing entities on a broad range of permitting, compliance, and policy issues. She has represented chemical manufacturing operations, electric utilities, petroleum refineries, oil and gas pipelines and terminal facilities, alternative/renewable energy operations including solar energy projects, landfills and waste combustors, steel manufacturing facilities, mining operations, and other facility types regarding federal and state permitting and compliance...

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