New Guidance for Oil and
Gas Production Facilities
Compliance issues arose from the
development of the Bakken formation that indicated VOC emission factors
associated with the Bakken oil was higher than factor defaults in computer
programs. The North Dakota
Department of Health coordinated the development of the guidance with the Bakken
VOC task force and multiple industry stakeholders when drafting the guidance.
The purpose of this guidance is to help operators of oil and gas
facilities better understand the VOC emissions associated with the oil in the
Bakken formation and report them accurately.
minimum of a pit flare with 90% DRE will be required for tank emission control
on all new wells on the first date of production to ensure adequate control.
Evaluations of emissions using the guidance will direct what level of
control is needed next. More
efficient pollution control is required for wells emitting higher emissions.
The documents can be found at:
Memo to Operators About Guidance Document (.pdf)
Oil and Gas Production
Facilities Guidance (.pdf
SFN 14334 – Well Registration
Examples of completed forms
Questions may be addressed to the North Dakota Department of Health at 701.328.5188
or email Mark Dihle