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The TCEQ has finalized revisions to the Permit by Rule (PBR) and Standard Permit New Source Review (NSR) Authorization mechanisms for oil & gas operations. The new PBR and Standard Permit requirements will take effect on April 1, 2011 for new projects at facilities located in 23 counties of the Barnett Shale region (Archer, Bosque, Clay, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Hill, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackelford, Stephens, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise Counties). New projects at facilities located outside the Barnett Shale region will continue to be subject to the same requirements as the previous version of PBR 352, which have been incorporated into PBR 352 subsection (1).

The revised PBR 352 and Standard Permit greatly increase the notification, registration, impacts evaluation, sampling, and control requirements for oil & gas operators. All facilities (new, modified, and existing) will be required to notify the TCEQ via TCEQ's online reporting system STEERS. Notification requires only the submittal of core data information. Most new projects will also need to be registered through STEERS, requiring information regarding equipment, operations, and emission estimates.

For new projects, the revised PBR also contains a receptor distance limitation of 50 feet and aggregation of facilities within 1/4 mile radius. Additionally, the need for authorization of facilities under PBR 512 (Stationary Engines and Turbines) and PBR 492 (Flares) has been eliminated. Unmodified existing facilities will be subject to select subsections of the revised PBR 352, including planned maintenance, startup, and shutdown (MSS) requirements and an impacts evaluation.

Key Dates:

  • 04/01/2011 - Barnett Shale Region - New requirements of PBR 352 and Standard Permit take effect for new projects (i.e., new facilities and emission increases at existing facilities)
  • 01/05/2012 - Outside Barnett Shale Region - New Requirements of PBR 352 and Standard Permit take effect for new projects (i.e., new facilities and emission increases at existing facilities)
  • 01/05/2012 - Statewide - Meet planned MSS requirements
  • 01/01/2013 - Statewide - Historical notification for unmodified existing facilities due
  • 12/31/2015 - Statewide - Standard Permits must meet all best management practices and applicable best available control technology

If you have questions on how the new oil & gas PBR and Standard Permit might affect you, please contact your local Trinity office at 1-800-229-6655.

Trinity will be offering a complimentary webinar on Thursday, March 24, 2011, 12:00 - 1:30 PM CDT, to present the new PBR requirements and registration procedures in detail. Click here for more information and to register.