About Kathy Steerman
Kathy has more than 25 years of experience advising on and managing air quality compliance programs, with much of that background focused on air quality monitoring. Kathy has expertise in designing programs and reporting data for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), as well as collecting robust meteorological data sets. Kathy has also worked on other unconventional monitoring projects such as the first solar-powered IMPROVE protocol station in the nation, and Solar Field efficacy and deposition studies to evaluate PV potentials.
2020 Panelist Profile | Q&A with Kathy
What made you decide to join us at this 32nd Annual Energy Summit conference to participate on this panel?
I’ve spent most of my career doing Air Quality and Meteorological monitoring. And recently, SB-181 has asked the Air Quality Control Commission to consider new rules for air monitoring at oil and gas facilities. Stakeholders are rushing find a solution. Air monitoring for a typical Colorado oil and gas facility is a new regulatory concept and regulations that may target one approach, pollutant, or technology will limit the future success of the program. All Colorado stakeholders want good data, but operators cannot comply with a regulation that’s not technically possible or that is confusing in its instruction or goal. I’m hoping some of my experience designing and running a monitoring program, both as a consultant and now as an operator, will provide clarity on some of the challenges we are going to face if we don’t make these programs flexible?
Why do you think your panel topic is critical in the oil and natural gas industry at this time?
I believe this industry is willing to embrace sensible regulations that have real impacts on our environmental footprint. However, resources are not infinite, and layers of regulation can divert a company from making sure their focus and efforts are meaningful. More and more, regulations and requests are turning into data gathering projects with the end goal to just collect information. Whether that’s air quality monitoring, emission stack testing, or a complex emission inventory, we should ask ourselves if the air quality improvements from those actions are measurable.
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