There is growing concern throughout the world regarding the impact of oil and gas operations on air quality at both the global and local levels. In Southern California, Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Operators face a number of challenges to be able to manage their production operations and comply in a highly controlled regulatory climate. Some of the most stringent requirements are rules that limit emissions to the atmosphere. Source specific rules require operators to monitor and control both point source (stack/vents) and fugitive sources of emissions. Permitting, rule requirements, and recording keeping all mold the way operators conduct their production operations.

This paper provides an overview of the requirements on operators that control the sources of emissions from stationary sources in Southern California. Discussion on emissions, control devices, permitting requirements and quantification are also covered in this paper. We shall review how one operator responded to changes in the regulations and operating conditions, and was able to modify their process to greatly reduce emissions.

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