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Pennsylvania DEP Releases Guidance to Assist Operators with Well Integrity Assessments and Air Permitting Issues

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently published on its website a series of video training tutorials to provide guidance on how to complete quarterly well inspections under the Mechanical Integrity Assessment (MIA) requirements.  MIA forms, instructions and user guides are also available on DEP’s website.

DEP also recently published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addressing the Bureau of Air Quality’s General Permit-5 (GP-5) and Plan Approval Exemption Category No. 38.  The GP-5 is a General Plan Approval and/or Operating Permit used to permit emissions from natural gas gathering, compression and/or processing facilities that are minor air contamination facilities, while Exemption Category No. 38 concerns a permit exemption for air emission sources located at a well pad.