EPA Currently Taking Comments on Proposed U & O FIP

The following overview of proposed Federal Implementation Plan is from a slideshow at www.epa.gov

The following types of control technologies would apply in varying
degrees to certain O&NG sources operating on or proposing to
locate on the U&O Reservation:
◦ Routing of emissions from tanks to a combustor
◦ Routing of emissions from dehydrators to a combustor
◦ Routing of emissions from pneumatic pumps to a combustor
 Certain existing sources would require installation of a combustor and retrofitting tanks,
dehydrators and pneumatic pumps to route emissions to the combustor.
◦ Installation of low-bleed pneumatic controllers
Certain existing sources would require conversion of existing high-bleed
pneumatic controllers to low-bleed pneumatic controllers
◦ Equipping all combustion devices with auto igniters
 Certain existing combustion devices would require retrofit
◦ Implementation of a leak detection and repair program using OGI equipment
(e.g., IR camera)

The full text of the Proposed Rule is here. Comments will be accepted through March 23 but will have best opportunity for review if submitted by Feb 20. Rule should be finalized in July. Submit comments here.

Next Meeting: December 11

The Uinta Basin Ozone Work Group will convene on Wednesday, December 11 at 12:30.

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  • Phone Numbers ( US ) +1 609-525-4185 PIN: 281 902# 
  • Ute Indian Tribe Auditorium (please note corrected coordinates of 40.282769, -109.869149)
  • 6964 E 1000 S (2 miles south of Bottle Hollow)
  • Fort Duchesne Utah 84026

We will be discussing Emissions Reduction Credits, with a presentation on regulatory framework and examples by Chris Colclasure.

Please find here the Draft Agenda and the USU Bingham Research Center’s Annual Report

An Indian Taco Bar will be provided by the Office of Energy Development, so please RSVP to tsligting@utah.gov if you’ll be there!


November Meeting of UBOWG on Nov 4 at 9 am

Please save the date on November 4, 2019, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am MST for the Uinta Basin Ozone Work Group meeting to be held in Salt Lake City on the 8th floor of the World Trade Center Building, 60 E. South Temple in the SuperNova Conference Room. 

Those who are closer to Vernal are welcome to join at the USU Vernal campus in Room 101.

Topics this meeting will include Basin public awareness of the ozone issue and the Tri County Leadership in Ozone Reduction Awareness award for winter 2019-2020.

Please also hold December 11 for an in-person meeting in Ft. Duchesne.

Next Meeting Aug 28, 2019

We will hold the next working group meeting at the USU Bingham Research Center in room B101. 

Date: August 28, 2019

Time: 2:30 – 3:30

Location: B101, Bingham Research Center, USU, 320 N. Aggie Blvd., Vernal

If you can’t make it in person, video and call-in information are below. Please contact Marie (801-380-7571) or Seth Lyman (435-630-1433) if you are having problems connecting.

Meeting number: 805 442 856


Date: August 28, 2019

Time: 2:30 – 3:30

Location: B101, Bingham Research Center, USU, 320 N. Aggie Blvd., Vernal

If you can’t make it in person, video and call-in information are below. Please contact me (801-380-7571) or Seth Lyman (435-630-1433) if you are having problems connecting.

Uinta Basin Ozone Working Group

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 2:30 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 805 442 856

Uinta Basin Ozone Working Group Meeting
August 28, 2019

a. New group coordinator and steering committee member
b. Updates to Mission/Objectives

Utah DAQ updates on inventory and modeling

EPA updates:
a. CAA requirements for likely moderate level bump-up
b. FIP
c. ERC Banking Rule

BLM general conformity updates and impacts if nonattainment level is increased

Overview: Air quality panel presenting at Uintah Basin Energy Summit

Next steps for winter ozone events reporting and LORA award

Other actions/items for the coming winter

Oil and Natural Gas Sources Federal Implementation Plan Rule – Indian Country

Final Amendments to Federal Implementation Plan for EPA’s Indian Country Minor New Source Review Program for Oil and Natural Gas Sources, May 2, 2019 –reprinted from epa.gov

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed amendments to the 2016 federal implementation plan (FIP) for managing air emissions from new and modified true minor oil and natural gas sources in Indian country. The FIP limits emissions of harmful air pollutants while providing streamlined construction authorization for new and modified “true minor sources” in the oil and natural gas production and natural gas processing segments of the oil and natural gas sector. The amendments would allow the FIP to continue to apply in portions of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation that are included in an area EPA has designated as nonattainment for the 2015 national ambient air quality standards for ozone. Learn more

Congratulations to 2019 Tri County Health LORA Winners

The members of the Uinta Basin Ozone Work Group join Tri County Health in congratulating Anadarko (midstream) and Middle Fork Energy (upstream) for earning Leadership in Ozone Reduction Awareness Awards for outstanding work to reduce precursors. Applause and thanks to them–and to all the companies who went above and beyond: EP Energy, Wexpro, Altamont Energy, Encana, and Finley.

Randy Hughes accepted the LORA/Upstream for Middle Fork. The company replaced pneumatic controllers, changed facilities to low-emitting design, and held employee training for ozone awareness.
Anadarko went all-in to nab the Midstream LORA.

Apply to Be a LORA Laureate!

Announcing the First Annual Uinta Basin Tri County Health Leadership in Ozone Reduction Awareness (LORA) Award

The LORA Award will be presented by Tri County Health to recognize voluntary industry efforts to reduce ozone in the Basin.

What: Leadership in Ozone Reduction Awareness (LORA) A community recognition for companies who made outstanding efforts this winter to reduce ozone precursors.

Where: The awards ceremony will be held at the Crossroads Community Center in Roosevelt.

When: April 11, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. during the UBOWG meeting.

How to Apply:
The application is a spreadsheet outlining potential ozone mitigation measures. Please check the boxes next to each measure that your company implemented during the 2018-2019 winter season and return the application to this email address. If there are other measures (training, education, delayed actions) not on the list that your company has undertaken please include these.

In addition, your application will provide valuable information that UBOWG will use to improve understanding of ozone events for the 2019-2020 winter season. UBOWG welcomes any input you might have about proactive measures your company takes to reduce ozone precursors for individual ozone events. UBOWG’s goal is to inform the public about the many industry efforts already underway in the Basin, as well as future studies of the unique ozone events in the Basin. Thank you and see you on April 11th!

Agenda for April 11

  1. Industry voluntary measures during 2018-19 winter ozone season – Tri County Health LORA Award
  2. Presentation on past winter and design value for the Basin (DAQ);
  3. Discussion about NOx and VOC contributions to high ozone events in the Basin (EPA, USU)
  4. Update on U&O FIP, National Oil and Natural Gas FIP, and emissions reduction credit banking rulemakings (EPA)
  5. Report on modeling workshop (USU/Western Energy Alliance)
  6. Emissions Inventory (DAQ)
  7. Plans and active measures needed to prepare for next winter
    a. Actions/systems needing work/development over the summer
    b. September/October stakeholder meeting

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March 19 Agenda

Our next Uinta Basin Ozone Working Group Meeting will be Tuesday, March 19 at 2:00.

Please also mark your calendars for April 11 at 2:30 as an in-person meeting for the UBOWG in Roosevelt at the Cross Roads Community Center in coordination with the Utah Petroleum Association round table meeting and the Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining hydrocarbon conference.

  • Report on recent exceedances
  • Utah DAQ presentation on design value calculation and implications for designation and timing
  • Is there a role for UBOWG in updating the public?
  • Getting processes in place for industry voluntary measures and preparing for next winter
  • April in-person meeting