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The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) establishes a comprehensive program of regulatory and market mechanisms to achieve real, cost-effective, quantifiable reductions of greenhouse gases (GHG). AB 32 charges the Air Resources Board (ARB) as the agency responsible for monitoring and regulating many GHG emission sources to reduce state GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. This is the main webpage for the Oil & Natural Gas Production, Processing, and Storage measure, intended to reduce GHG emissions from crude oil and natural gas operations. Currently, the ARB Stationary Source Division is conducting studies aimed at reducing GHG emissions from these operations. For questions related to the program, please contact Joseph Fischer at (916) 445-0071.
Development of Test Procedures for Oil & Gas Operations
The ARB staff, in conjunction with local districts, stakeholders, and instrument manufacturers is developing two GHG and VOC testing procedures designed to quantify fugitive emissions. For questions regarding the procedures or to submit comments, please contact Joseph Fischer at (916) 445-0071.
Crude Oil and Produced Water Storage Tank Systems
Draft Oil Field Distributed Generation Assessment
The ARB staff has posted, for public review and comment, a draft white paper which discusses staff’s assessment of potential greenhouse gas reductions from using clean distributed generation technologies to generate electricity from fuel that is currently being flared at oil and gas production facilities. (An example of clean distributed generation technology is a microturbine.) We are seeking comments by March 29, 2012. For questions or comments, please contact Dave Mehl at (916) 323-1491 or Grant Chin at (916) 327-5602.
Crude Oil and Natural Gas Industry Survey
The ARB conducted a survey of the crude oil and natural gas industry to improve estimates of GHG emissions in California. We collected data for the 2007 calendar year to quantify equipment and operation processes. For questions or comments, please contact Stephanie Detwiler at(916) 324-8024.Final Report: 2007 Oil and Gas Industry Survey Results, Final Report, December 2011 (posted December 14, 2011)
The ARB staff has posted, for public review and comment, a draft report of the results from our 2007 Oil and Gas Industry Survey conducted in 2009. We are interested in all comments, but are especially interested in suggestions concerning how the data could be better summarized or displayed. We are seeking comments by September 2, 2011.
December 8, 2009 Workshop on Draft Survey Results:
The following are the survey documents mailed to all California oil and gas operators:
On March 26, 2009, the ARB staff conducted a training class in Bakersfield, California to assist operators with completing the Oil & Natural Gas Industry Survey. You can download a copy of the Power Point presentation below:
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