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Ohio EPA Seeks Comment on Draft General Permits for Compressor Stations

On April 7, 2016, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) announced a public comment period for a package of draft general permits for oil and natural gas midstream compressor stations.  Applicants seeking coverage under a general permit would be required to demonstrate that the facility meets the general permit eligibility criteria.  A general permit establishes pre-defined permit terms, including requirements relating to equipment installation, operating standards, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting.  OEPA stated that the new general permits would authorize emissions from a wide variety of sources, including: natural gas-fired compressor engines; diesel engines; dehydrators; flares; compressors; equipment (pipes, pumps, etc.); liquid storage tanks; truck loading operations; and pigging operations.  Comments are due May 18, 2016.