Environmental Compliance Presentations for Refining, Chemical, Oil & Gas
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Chemical

Federal, State and Local Enforcement

James Smith - Crain, Caton, & James

Description

The presentation will highlight recent federal environmental enforcement trends and update state and local enforcement developments.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 416B

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2020

Calculating Project Increases

Johnny Vermillion - Spirit Environmental

Description

Do you find Major New Source Review applicability confusing? Have you noticed that even the initial step of trying to figure out project increases (much less the rest of the program) already starts to descend into a confusing mess? When it comes to calculating project increases these days, the “devil is in the details”. This presentation will provide background and suggested approaches on the new the EPA guidelines along with insight on some states’ decision on implementation.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 412

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Best Management Practices

Auditing in the New Decade: Creating Value by Reducing Environmental Liabilities and Risks

Tim Wilkins & Eric Hodek - Bracewell LLP & Ramboll

Description

Environmental liabilities pose significant risks in mergers, acquisitions, and ongoing concerns. Our presenters will discuss practical strategies for stakeholders, owners, or operators to leverage audit protections to strengthen their financial position.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 616A

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Chemical

Are You Ready? Contingency Planning for the RMP Amendments and Litigation

Justin Savage, Simone Jones - Sidley Austin, LLP

Description

The RMP Amendments impose several burdensome obligations, including reporting up to the Board of Directors. EPA’s attempt to repeal or narrow the amendments will likely be tied up in litigation in the DC Circuit, but in the meantime, compliance deadlines are soon approaching. In the midst of this uncertainty, this session will discuss the DC Circuit litigation, enforcement trends, and planning for the amendments.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 416B

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Chemical

It's Not Dead, It's Mostly Dead - CD Termination

Suzanne Murray - HaynesBoone

Description

What is the process for terminating a consent decree with EPA and the Department of Justice? Is the process improved in this Administration or are terminations still stalled by disagreements over terms and what does "done" mean? This presentation will walk through the current overview of PRI CDs that have been terminated and lessons learned for those still open and for future agreements.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 416B

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February 20th

ZEVAC® - Reducing gas released during routine operations & maintenance

Brad Sando - TPE Midstream

Description

Intentional release of natural gas during routine operations and maintenance has been identified by the US House Pipeline Safety Bill as an area to implement best-available technology for capturing released gas. Make ZEVAC® your BAT/BACT for reducing or eliminating release activity, as it was designed specifically to handle high frequency, low volume events keeping the gas safely in the piping system. Look to ZEVAC® to reduce or eliminate emissions throughout the value chain, whether you’re upstream, gathering, transmission, storage or distribution. For NGL operators, ZEVAC® Q is an industry first compressor technology capable of handling both liquid and vapor phase. Q is a safe alternative to thermal controls and flaring.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 617

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Air Permitting

Texas Ozone Nonattainment Area Reclassification & Potential Implications on Your Operations

Kristin Gordon - ALL4 Inc.

Description

In ALL4’s presentation, we will discuss the September 23, 2019 USEPA reclassification of the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) nonattainment areas to serious nonattainment for the 2008 eight-hour ozone NAAQS. We will share the potential impacts on facilities located in the HGB and DFW areas including but not limited to: - Updates to major source nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) potential to emit (PTE) thresholds; - Construction and operating permits implications (New Source Review and Title V Operating Permits); - Permit by Rule (PBR) and Standard Permit authorization registration and/or certification of emissions via E-permitting mechanism; and - Timeline for demonstrating compliance.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:00PM

Location

Room 412

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Air Permitting

Launcher and Receiver Consent Decree

Rob McHale & Jake Fournier - MPLX G&P & Marathon

Description

MPLX LP, through its subsidiaries MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, L.L.C. and Ohio Gathering Company, L.L.C., has entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Justice to implement design and operating improvements at pipeline launcher and receiver stations. As a result of these best management practices, emissions from these operations are expected to be reduced by as much as 85 percent. As part of the agreement, we are sharing our proprietary designs for “pig ramps” to minimize liquid loss during pig retrieval and information on the installation of depressure systems to reduce the pressure in the launcher/receiver chamber prior to opening.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 617

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February 20th

Benzene Fence-line Emissions at Refineries: What Legal Standard Applies?

Simone Jones and Marshall Morales - Vinson & Elkins

Description

With refinery fence-line data now publicly available, EPA, states and private parties appear to be aggressively mining the data to determine whether any concerns exist. In particular, EPA appears to be taking the position that 9 mg/yr standard is only the starting point for analysis and that other agencies’ legal standards should inform risk and compliance. What standard should refineries aim to hit with benzene emissions?

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:00PM

Location

Room 416B

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Air Permitting

What to Aggregate: Geographic and Temporal Considerations in Identifying Major Modifications

Eric Groten and Eric Hodek - Vinson & Elkins and Ramboll

Description

Our presenters will discuss implications of defining your project, both spatially and temporally, for PSD permitting providing some information and insight on aggregation issues and strategies to facilitate project aggregation reviews. The Clean Air Act imposes PSD preconstruction permitting requirements on new major sources or modifications at existing major sources. Determination of “major” in both of these contexts relies on defining the scope of your project, both spatially and temporally. With “aggregation” being informed by state and federal guidance, policy, and case interpretations, project reviews and roles have become quite complex and pose risk to project schedules and economics. This presentation will provide some information insight on aggregation issues and strategies to facilitate project aggregation reviews.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 616B

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February 21st

Oil & Gas Enforcement Update

Bryan Sinclair - TCEQ

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

8:30AM

Location

Room 616B

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February 20th

Flare CD Updates

Troy Boley - Spectrum Environmental Solutions

Description

Coming soon.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 416B

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Best Management Practices

Conforming to ASTM-D7036: Self-Declaration vs. Third-Party Accreditation

David Fricker - A2LA

Description

Confidence in test data is paramount to acceptance, and both users and customers want assurance of quality. In general, testing bodies that choose accreditation rather than self-declaration demand a higher quality of work to maintain that accreditation and strive to produce more reliable results. In turn, customers have greater confidence in the accuracy and validity of the data from these testing bodies. Accreditation also provides the industry with confidence that a testing body is subject to regular oversight as a motivator to continually improve their operations. The ongoing verification of compliance ensures that the testing body’s results are consistently dependable and defensible.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:30PM

Location

Room 417A

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February 20th

Downstream Environmental Enforcement Updates

Patrick Traylor - Vinson & Elkins

Description

This presentation will provide an overview of recent environmental enforcement developments in the Trump administration. The presentation will review EPA's new National Compliance Initiatives, regulatory changes under the Clean Air Act, and other pending changes under Acting Administrator Wheeler's EPA. The presentation also will focus on technological developments and how they are changing compliance and enforcement.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 416B

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