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EPA Ups Outreach About SPCC Rule
KANSAS CITY, KS.–With the most recent revision to the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule now in effect, the Environmental Protection Agency says it is reaching out to oil and gas producers to provide information and answer questions about the rule. “We want to make it as easy as possible for producers to understand and comply with the rule,” says Alan Hancock, the team leader of the SPCC program at EPA Region VII, which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. As part of that effort, Hancock gave a seminar on the subject at an event organized by the Eastern Kansas Oil & Gas Association. The agency also has developed a Web page, www.epa.gov/osweroe1/content/spcc/spcc_up.htm, with information on the SPCC requirements designed for upstream oil and gas companies. Hancock points out that all production facilities must implement an SPCC plan within six months of beginning operations if they handle enough oil to fall under the SPCC rule. Determining Applicability For the SPCC rule to apply to a facility, Hancock says, it must: • Drill for, produce, gather, store, process, refine, transfer, or consume oil; • Store more than 1,320 gallons (31 barrels) of oil in aboveground containers or more than 42,000 gallons (1,000 barrels) in completely buried containers; and • Be located where an oil discharge could reasonably be expected to reach the navigable waters of the United States or adjoining shorelines. When determining whether a facility stores enough oil to fall under the rule, Hancock says producers do not have to include containers with a capacity below 55 gallons (1.3 barrels) in the facility’s total capacity. They also should exclude “permanently closed containers,” a classification requiring in part that the tanks have been completely emptied, disconnected from all connecting lines and piping, and marked with the date the tank was removed from service. Otherwise, Hancock says each tank’s capacity contributes to the count, not the amount of oil it is expected to hold. Hancock indicates that SPCC’s definition of oil encompasses everything from mammal and vegetable oil to synthetics. It includes rig or vehicle fuels, oil-based lubricants, and oil-based fracturing fluids, as well as liquid condensate and produced water. However, it does not include dry gas. To determine whether a facility could discharge oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines, he says producers should consider the facility’s geographic and locational aspects. The location of the facility must be considered in relation to streams, ponds and ditches (including both perennial and intermittent ones), storm or sanitary sewers, wetlands, mud flats, sand flats, or other navigable waters. The distance to navigable waters, volume of material stored, worse case weather conditions, drainage patterns, land contours, soil conditions, and other pertinent factors must also be taken into account, Hancock says. He adds that man-made features that might impede flow, such as secondary containment dikes, should be ignored. The SPCC rule excludes facilities that are related to transportation, including gathering systems and vehicles that transport oil from one facility to another, but not ones that operate solely within a facility. Hancock says producers have some discretion in defining facilities. “Producers may draw boundaries based on who owns, manages, and operates sites; whether they serve similar functions; how close they are together; and whether they share drainage pathways,” he details. “However, the boundaries need to be reasonable.” If a facility’s owner concludes it does not need an SPCC plan, he does not need to do anything. However, Hancock suggests documenting the determination, especially if it depends on subjective parts of the rule. Creating A Plan If a facility meets the criteria above, Hancock says it must have an SPCC plan that defines: • Operating procedures for handling oils that are designed to prevent a discharge; • Discharge or drainage control measures to prevent an oil discharge; • Countermeasures to contain, clean up, and mitigate a spill; • Ways to dispose of the recovered materials; • A diagram of the facility; and • Contact information for the company, contract response personnel, and the National Response Center. Plans for most facilities need to be complete before the facility begins operations, but production facilities have six months from the day they start operations to create and implement a plan. “Operations start once the production facility begins pumping, transferring, separating, treating or storing oils in quantities greater than the SPCC applicability threshold,” Hancock says. Most plans need to be certified by a professional engineer. However, if a facility has had no releases to surface waters in the past three years and stores less than 10,000 gallons (238 barrels) of oil, companies can self-certify their own plans, Hancock reports. He adds that if

At an event organized by the Eastern Kansas Oil & Gas Association, Alan Hancock, the team leader for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Program for Region VII, outlined the SPCC rule and answered questions from producers.

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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012
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Reports
Calendar
Oil & Gas Counts
State Legislative
Industry Digest
Natural Gas NSPS Affects a Variety of Equipment
Federal Legislation
SPCC
EPA
Keystone XL
Tech Connections
Washington Watch
Anadarko Finds World-Class Reservoirs in Deepwater Mozambique
Variety of Projects Have Permian Basin Hopping
Infrastructure Bottlenecks Easing in Permian Region
Completion Design Optimizes Yeso-San Andres Oil Wells
Cover Story
Beaver Creek CO2 Flood Boosts Madison Production
Study Evaluates Low-Salinity Waterfloods
Variable Speed Drives Coming of Age
Activity Spurring Artificial Lift Innovations
Project Shows STMZ’s Viability for Lower Tertiary Completions
ICDs, Modeling Improve Horizontal Shelf Well Completion
Intelligent Gas Lift Maximizes Production, Recovery
KOGA
CIPA
TOGA
TAEP
Frac Rules
Marcellus Regs
Conventions
The American Well Servicing Directory, Summer 2012
Industry Focus
Classified Advertising
Advertisers Index
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Contents
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Calendar
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Industry Digest
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Natural Gas NSPS Affects a Variety of Equipment
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Federal Legislation
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - SPCC
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Keystone XL
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Tech Connections
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Washington Watch
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Anadarko Finds World-Class Reservoirs in Deepwater Mozambique
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Variety of Projects Have Permian Basin Hopping
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Infrastructure Bottlenecks Easing in Permian Region
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Completion Design Optimizes Yeso-San Andres Oil Wells
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Cover Story
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Beaver Creek CO2 Flood Boosts Madison Production
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Study Evaluates Low-Salinity Waterfloods
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - 103
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Variable Speed Drives Coming of Age
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Activity Spurring Artificial Lift Innovations
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Project Shows STMZ’s Viability for Lower Tertiary Completions
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - ICDs, Modeling Improve Horizontal Shelf Well Completion
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Intelligent Gas Lift Maximizes Production, Recovery
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - KOGA
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - CIPA
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Frac Rules
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Marcellus Regs
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - 173
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Conventions
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - The American Well Servicing Directory, Summer 2012
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Industry Focus
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