On May 27, 2017 the Government of Canada (GOC) published proposed “Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds” targeting oil and gas industry operations. The Regulations will introduce tightened facility and equipment level standards to reduce fugitive and venting emissions. Sector activities covered under the Regulation include natural gas production and processing, conventional oil production, transmission, and most oil sands emissions. The GOC also promulgated proposed "Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Volatile Organic Compounds" which will impact downstream refining and natural gas distribution sectors.
The provinces of Alberta and British Columbia already have regulations in place on flaring, venting and fugitive emissions from upstream facilities. CEPA allows for flexibility via equivalency and other collaborative agreements to be negotiated with individual provinces and territories, if the requirements of CEPA are met. As such, Alberta is currently developing tightened regulatory standards that will meet or exceed the federal Regulations and enable them to continue their front-line regulatory roles. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is expected to issue its draft methane regulations for public comment in September 2017.
The proposed Regulations would impose requirements on all facilities producing and receiving at least 60 000 m3 (approx. 2,100 mcf) of methane in a year and focus on four key areas1: Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR), Venting, Pneumatic Devices, and Compressors. The attached tables summarize the details of the proposed requirements. ECCC are accepting comments on the proposal for 60 days.
Download the brief below for a quick summary of the proposed regulations. Please contact us if you have any questions.