Air

In 2014, Colorado adopted new air regulations that created the most comprehensive leak detection and repair program for oil and gas facilities in the country. It was also the first rule in the nation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production. The program in administered through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The four key elements of the new rules address leak detection and repair, emission regulation, storage tank regulation, and pneumatics. These rules fully adopt new federal regulations (EPA’s NSPS OOOO) and add controls and strategies to reduce fugitive Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and hydrocarbon emissions from condensate tanks and other sources.

Source Determination: COGA & CPA Comments to EPA

Founded in 1951, the Colorado Petroleum Association (CPA) is a statewide non-profit Colorado trade association comprised of member companies involved in every segment of Colorado’s oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, transportation, supplier chain, pipeline and contractors. The Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) is a nationally recognized trade association that promotes the beneficial, efficient, responsible, and environmentally sound development, production, and use of Colorado’s oil and natural gas resources. With over 300 members, COGA provides a positive, proactive voice for the oil and gas ... Read More »

Comments on Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources and EPA’s Draft Control Technical Guidelines for the Oil and Gas Industry

Dear Administrator McCarthy: The Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA), with the input of its members, prepared and is pleased to submit these comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rules entitled “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources,” published on September 18, 2015. 80 Fed. Reg. 56,593 (hereinafter referred to as “Quad Oa”). We are simultaneously providing comment on EPA’s draft control technical guidelines (CTGs) for the oil and natural gas industry. See 80 Fed. Reg. 56,577 (Sept. 18, 2015). The Colorado Petroleum Association (CPA) joins COGA in these com ... Read More »

Fast Facts: Air Quality Regulation

On February 23, 2014, at the conclusion of a five-day public hearing, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted 8-1 to adopt new air rules for the oil and gas industry. These regulations fully adopt federal regulations (EPA’s NSPS OOOO) and add controls and strategies to reduce fugitive Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and hydrocarbon emissions from condensate tanks and other sources. This includes installation of emission control devices and implementation of leak detection and repair programs. The new regulations will become effective in Spring 2014. Read More »

Fast Facts: Cornell Study on Hydraulic Fracturing

A study from Cornell University suggests that natural gas production climate benefits have been vastly overstated, largely due to the method of extraction known as hydraulic fracturing (HF).1 At issue is the amount of methane – a greenhouse gas (GHG) – released in to the atmosphere and whether this amount is significant enough to curtail the benefits of natural gas over other fossil fuels such as coal. Author of the study, Professor Robert Howarth claims: “Compared to coal, the footprint of shale gas is at least 20 percent greater and perhaps more than twice as great on the 20-year horizon.” This has yielded significant skepticism ... Read More »