Comments on the Draft B.C. Methane Regulations
Comments from the David Suzuki Foundation, Pembina Institute, Environmental Defence, Clean Air Task Force and Environmental Defense Fund on the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission’s November 15 consultation draft methane regulations (posted here). These comments are intended to be in addition to the technical submission submitted on October 15, 2018.
Several elements of the draft regulations are strong. In particular, the authors strongly support the zero bleed requirements for new pneumatic controllers contained in Section 52.05(2) and (3) and the three times per year inspection requirement for gas processing plants, compressor stations and multi-well batteries contained in Section 41.1.(2)(a). In addition, the authors acknowledge that the BCOGC made two changes to strengthen the regulations in the November 15 draft, including the leak detection and repair requirements for a small subset of facilities and venting limits for new tanks. While commendable, these changes are not sufficient to bring the regulations up to best practices.
However, B.C.’s proposed draft methane regulations do not require frequent inspections for the vast majority of oil and gas sites and therefore will not address unexpected leaks. This is not best practice leak detection and repair, and the draft rules fall well short of the ambition set by leading jurisdictions.
Submission to the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission on their Proposed Approach to Regulating Methane Emissions from B.C.’s Oil and Gas Sector
Comments from the David Suzuki Foundation, Pembina Institute, Clean Air Task Force and Environmental Defense Fund on the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission’s proposed approach for regulating methane from oil and gas facilities.
Regulatory Best Practices for Vented and Leaked Methane Emissions from Upstream Oil and Gas Operations
This report argues that the British Columbia provincial government has long known about the importance of cutting methane emissions. Now it has the regulatory solutions to address the problem.
Mobile Measurement of Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Developments in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada
This groundbreaking research estimates that fugitive methane emissions from B.C. oil and natural gas operations — the majority of which use hydraulic fracturing (fracking) — are at least 2.5 times higher than reported by the B.C. government and may be much higher.
Fugitives in Our Midst: Investigating Fugitive Emissions from Abandoned, Suspended and Active Oil and Gas Wells in the Montney Basin in Northeastern British Columbia
This report investigates fugitive emissions from abandoned, suspended and active oil and gas wells in the Montney Basin in northeastern British Columbia.