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Controlling Air Pollution from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

Implementation of Oil and Natural Gas Air Pollution Standards

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Small Business Compliance Guide

August 3, 2016 - EPA is releasing a compliance guide to assist small businesses in understanding the requirements of the 2016 New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry. The rule became effective August 2, 2016.

Manufacturer-Tested Combustion Control Devices

Updated August 2017 -  List of Combustion Control Device Models that have been Tested by the Manufacturer 

Notification Requirement for Well Completions

Oil and natural gas companies are required to notify EPA in advance when they are going to complete a hydraulically fractured well. Companies can meet notification requirements by complying with state advance notification requirements. If a state does not have an advance notification requirement, companies must inform EPA no later than two days before beginning the well completion process. Companies may submit this notification electronically or in writing. Read the notification requirements:

Owners or operators who must notify EPA may send a notification email to the appropriate region at the email address listed below.

  • Region 1: none (No hydraulic fracturing anticipated)
    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Tribal Nations
  • Region 2: r2wellcompletion@epa.gov
    New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Tribal Nations
  • Region 3: r3wellcompletion@epa.gov
    Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
  • Region 4: r4wellcompletion@epa.gov
    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Tribal Nations
  • Region 5: r5wellcompletion@epa.gov
    Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Tribal Nations
  • Region 6: r6wellcompletion@epa.gov
    Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and Tribal Nations
  • Region 7: r7wellcompletion@epa.gov
    Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Tribal Nations
  • Region 8: r8wellcompletion@epa.gov
    Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and Tribal Nations
  • Region 9: r9wellcompletion@epa.gov
    Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and Tribal Nations
  • Region 10: r10wellcompletion@epa.gov
    Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Tribal Nations

Controlling Air Pollution from Oil and Natural Gas Production