Health, Safety, and Environment Study Group Examines Vent Gas ManagementPublished September 2, 2014
A new federal air quality rule governing midstream and upstream activity is in effect, and an SPE seminar is set to discuss the opportunities, technologies, and solutions involved.
Jeff Voorhis from Hy-Bon Engineering and Audrey Mascarenhas, president and chief executive officer of Questor Technology, are scheduled to speak at the seminar from 1130 to 1300 hours on 23 September at the Petroleum Club in Houston. The seminar also will be streamed live on the Internet for free.
The rule, also known by its more formal citation 40 CFR Part 60 Subpart OOOO, or “New Source Performance Standards Subpart Quad O” contains new regulations and revisions to existing statutes. This rule will have a major effect on how the oil and gas industry has been operating regarding waste-gas emissions.
Reverberations will be felt across the industry from these more stringent rules governing upstream exploration and production segment as well as the midstream segment. Air emissions from oil and gas resource development have been drawing increased attention by many concerned parties, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the states, industry, and the public. EPA regulations are being implemented to quantify the emissions from oil and gas operations and control the emissions of pollutants and contaminants. Industry is taking action to minimize emissions while the public is concerned with potential health effects. Improving well performance and operations now needs to include emission reduction as a integral function. Understanding waste emissions and turning them into possible positive cash flow assets is the opportunity.
Vent gas management is an area companies need to explore to increase their bottom line and reduce liability. The technology, techniques, and reliability has greatly improved, making it profitable in many cases. All nonproduct output going to waste needs to be put back in the product stream for profitable green production. New technologies are keeping pace to eliminate or control these emissions. Many of these technologies are economically feasible while maintaining compliance. This talk will be on opportunities, solutions, and techniques in vent gas management. The event is also a chance to ask tough questions to a former regulator and get straight answers.
Voorhis joined Hy-Bon Engineering in 2012 and has been using his oil and gas permit expertise to overcome regulatory barriers. In May 1990, he joined the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, where he provided engineering and technical assistance on pollution prevention in the United States and Mexico. Voorhis holds a BS degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Kingsville Texas A&M University.
Mascarenhas joined Questor in 1999. Before then, she held various technical, business, and management positions during a 17-year tenure with Gulf Canada Resources, presently Conoco-Phillips. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto in chemical engineering and holds a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Calgary.