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Oil & Gas Wells

Applicability 

Control of emissions from oil and gas well production facilities are outlined in Chapter 33-15-20 of the North Dakota Air Pollution Control Rules.  The provisions of this chapter apply to any oil or gas well production facility.  This chapter includes requirements for control of production facility emissions, registration, reporting and permitting requirements. 

1.      Oil and Gas Production Facilities Permitting and Compliance Guidance - CLICK HERE to find documents relating to guidance and examples.

2.      Registration and Reporting Requirements 

An oil/gas production facility registration form (SFN 14334) and an analysis of any gas produced from the well must be submitted to the North Dakota Department of Health for any oil or gas well.  CLICK HERE for the Department memo explaining the $150 filing fee beginning January 1, 2013.

  1. Any oil and gas well that is/was completed or recompleted on or after July 1, 1987. The registration form and packet must be submitted to the Department within 90 days of the completion or recompletion of the well. 
     

  2. Any oil and gas well that has been completed or recompleted prior to July 1, 1987, and that emits 10 tons per year or more of sulfur (all sulfur compounds expressed as sulfur).  
     

  3. The owner or operator of any oil or gas well shall inform the Department of any change to the information contained on the registration form for a particular well and shall submit a new gas analysis if the composition or the volume of the gas produced from the well has changed from the previous analysis to cause an increase of 10 tons per year or more of sulfur (all sulfur compounds expressed as sulfur).

3.       New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Maximum Available Control Technology (MACT) Applicability 

Equipment at oil and gas facilities may be subject to rules and regulations under 40 CFR 60 and 40 CFR 63. Regulation Summary.

4.       Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Applicability 

Any oil or gas well production facility that emits or has the potential to emit 250 tons per year or more of any air contaminant regulated under North Dakota Century Code Chapter 23-25, as determined by the Department of Health must comply with the permitting requirements of Chapter 33-15-15 (Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality). 

Questions may be addressed to the North Dakota Department of Health at 701.328.5188, or email Mark Dihle