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Oil & Gas

Pennsylvania DEP’s Office of Oil and Gas Management is responsible for the statewide oil and gas conservation and environmental programs to facilitate the safe exploration, development, recovery of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas reservoirs in a manner that will protect the commonwealth’s natural resources and the environment.

The office develops policy and programs for the regulation of oil and gas development and production pursuant to the Oil and Gas Act, the Coal and Gas Resource Coordination Act, and the Oil and Gas Conservation Law; oversees the oil and gas permitting and inspection programs; develops statewide regulation and standards; conducts training programs for industry; and works with the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the Technical Advisory Board.

Control of VOC Emissions from Conventional Oil and Natural Gas Sources

Effective December 2, 2022, an emergency rulemaking added Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements and RACT emission limitations for conventional oil and natural gas sources of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Sources affected by this final rulemaking (found in 25 Pa. Code Chapter 129 Sections 129.131129.140) include:

  • natural gas-driven continuous bleed pneumatic controller
  • natural gas-driven diaphragm pumps
  • reciprocating compressors
  • centrifugal compressors
  • fugitive emissions components and storage vessels installed at conventional well sites gathering and boosting stations and natural gas processing plants
  • storage vessels in the natural gas transmission and storage segment.

EPA’s Final Rule for Oil and Natural Gas Operations

On December 2nd, 2023, EPA issued a final rule to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations nationwide. This action includes New Source Performance Standards for new, modified, & reconstructed sources and includes Emission Guidelines for states to develop plans to limit methane from existing sources.

Rule Features Worth Noting

The rule allows for third-parties, who will be certified by EPA, to report “super emitter” events, or methane release events. Once the reports are received, EPA will perform QA/QC on the data.

In addition, the rule recognizes and encourages innovation in methane detection technologies including satellite monitoring, aerial surveys, and continuous monitors to find leaks. EPA noted that many of these technologies are often developed and deployed by small businesses.

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Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.