Oil & Gas
Spill Plans are required by companies to prepare and prevent oil discharges to navigable waters and adjoining shorelines. The SPCC rule is part of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation and the Facility Response Plan rule. These rules are found in the 40 CFR Part 112.
TEEMCO can assist you with regulations pertaining to these rules. We know the law and can advise you on what is required for your type of facility. We can help you stay in compliance and prevent fines that could cripple your business.
There are no Grandfather clauses. Armed with the proper knowledge, our clients can feel confident that they are environmentally compliant and protected.
In accordance with 40 CFR 112.7(e) and 112.7(k)(2)(i) facilities are required to be inspected annually. The annual inspection is aimed at identifying signs of deterioration and maintenance needs, including the foundation and support of each container. TEEMCO provides this as a service with our membership.
This inspection consists of a visual inspection of deterioration (both of vessels and secondary containment systems), discharges, corrosion, required maintenance, etc. Our inspections follow the program established for a regular inspection of all storage tanks and related production and transfer equipment implemented by the American Petroleum Institute's Recommended Practice for Setting Maintenance, Inspection, Operation, and Repair of Tanks in Production Service (API RP 12R1, Fifth Edition, August 1997).
If your current provider is not inspecting you annually, you may be out of compliance. Contact us for an evaluation of your current situation.
PHASE l is a report prepared for a real estate holding that identifies potential or existing environmental contamination liabilities. The Phase l ESA is generally considered the first step in the process of environmental due diligence. Standards for performing a Phase l site assessment have been promulgated by the U.S. EPA and are based in part on ASTM in Standard E 1527-05.
Air regulations affecting the Oil & Gas industry are both complex and continuosly evolving. TEEMCO monitors these regulations daily and can assist the operator in determining which regulations apply to them and how to stay in compliance.
TEEMCO uses an “Applicability Determination” approach to air regulations. We will assess your operations, conduct an emissions inventory and provide you with detailed guidance as to what must be done and when.
TEEMCO’s engineers have developed a proprietary software air emissions modeling program, TAM 1.0(TM) for this purpose. Our goal is to assist clients by providing the most cost-effective approach to managing compliance with air regulations.
TEEMCO’s engineers will conduct the initial Applicability Determination. Then our consultants will work with the client to design a cost-effective strategy for compliance including as needed:
- Emissions inventory
- Field sampling
- Expanded gas & liquid laboratory anaylsis
- BAMM preparation
- GHG reporting
- Quad-O compliance
- Air Permits
- Meeting NESHAP standards
- RICE compliance
- Clean Air Act compliance (all subparts)
TEEMCO Online-University for Environmental & Safety Training Provides accredited training required by the Environmental Protection Agency to keep you in compliance with SPCC regulations.
In addition to those listed below, TEEMCO has a large selection of available classes. Curriculums can be customized for each client’s particular needs.
- SPCC training covers three, multiple-course study areas:
- Drilling Rig Operator
- Emergency Response Manager
- Pumper Curriculum
TEEMCO training programs are fully accredited by the IACET. This accreditation is recognized by the United States Government including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Members have these training curriculums available online. If you are a member and require training, contact us for more details.
NORM encountered in oil and gas exploration, development and production operations originates in subsurface formations, which may contain radioactive materials such as uranium and thorium and their daughter products, radium 226 and radium 228. NORM can be brought to the surface in the formation water that is produced in conjunction with oil and gas. NORM in these produced waters typically consists of the radionuclides, radium 226 and 228. In addition, radon gas, a radium daughter, may be found in produced natural gas.
Health risks from exposure to low levels of NORM are low. However, activities involving the extraction, mining, beneficiating, processing, use, transfer, transport, storage, disposal, and/or recycling of NORM-containing or NORM-contaminated materials may increase exposure levels to workers and other individuals to levels of concern. Human activities such as petroleum refining, natural gas extraction, water treatment, and mining can alter the natural background radiation.
The EPA is responsible for setting federal radiation standards for exposure to NORM. Each state has one or more programs that address both NORM and TENORM. Most states also control public exposure to radiation through programs implementing the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other environmental laws authorized by the EPA.
TEEMCO can test for abnormal levels, keeping the client, public, and employees protected as well as the environment. Contact us for more information.
Tier ll filing is required according to the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986. This is a federal law passed by the United States Congress located at Title 42 Chapter 116 of the U.S Code concerning emergency response preparedness.
Facilities covered by EPCRA must submit an Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form to the Local Emergency Planning Committee, the State Emergency Response Commission and the local fire department annually. Most states require a Tier ll form. Some states have specific requirements in addition to the federal Tier ll requirements.
TEEMCO can assist you with this filing. Please contact us for more information. Tier ll’s are required annually by law and if your current provider has not performed this, you may be out of compliance.
The 1972 Clean Water Act introduced the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), which is a permit system for regulating point sources of pollution. Major amendments were enacted in the Clean Water Act of 1977 and the Water Quality Act of 1987.
The Clean Water Act does not directly address groundwater contamination. Groundwater protection provisions are included in the
Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Superfund Act.
The Water Permits Division (WPD) within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Wastewater Management leads and manages the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program in partnership with EPA Regional Offices,.
Water quality can be dramatically impacted by inadequate construction site erosion and sediment control measures. For these reasons the Environmental Protection Agency regulates even relatively small construction sites under the Phase II NPDES regulations. An adequately designed Storm Water Pollutant Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is the primary tool needed to reduce the impacts from construction activities.
The most critical requirement of the NPDES permit is the preparation and implementation of a SWPPP. The NPDES program has specific requirements for items that must be addressed in a SWPPP. Understanding the requirements for the creation and implementation of a SWPPP is essential to staying in compliance. The SWPPP serves several functions:
- 1) NPDES permit conditions require it;
- 2) It provides documentation of compliance;
- 3) Ultimately if properly designed and implemented, it provides the direction.