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Best Management Practices for the Oil and Gas Industry

Are you involved in oil and gas projects? If so, this guide is for YOU to help prevent pollution during drilling and production, through processing and storage, to transmission and distribution. Many oil and gas companies are adopting Best Management Practices (BMPs) as an important part of their pollution prevention program to help them cut their air emissions, reduce water use, control erosion, and reduce the amount of hazardous waste that they generate.

Pollution Prevention (P2) is about reducing the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant released into the environment in order to reduce the hazards to public health and the environment. Pollution Prevention is also about preserving resources through wise use.

System Design

The following BMPs will need to be judged on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the conditions, operations and limitations of each facility. The best time to begin identifying BMPs is before a project begins. Many of the following BMPs can help you comply with regulations that are required by law.

DEQ's Courtesy Leak Detection Program

DEQ is now offering courtesy leak detection audits, using infrared cameras (IR). Leak detection and repair programs are a cost-effective, proven emission reduction strategy for the oil and gas industry.

Top Ten BMPs for the Oil and Gas Industry

  1. Reduce Emissions During Drilling/Completions
  2. Reduce Emissions During Production
  3. Conserve Water
  4. Less Toxic Materials
  5. Reuse Materials
  6. High Efficiency Equipment
  7. Monitoring and Maintenance
  8. Dust and Tailpipe Emissions
  9. System Design
  10. Construction and Reclamation

More Information

  • BLM's Best Management Practices
    The BLM's Website provides information on BMPs that help ensure that energy development is conducted in an environmentally responsible manner.

  • EPA's Natural Gas STAR Program
    The Natural Gas STAR Program is a flexible, voluntary partnership that encourages oil and natural gas companies—both domestically and abroad—to adopt cost-effective technologies and practices that improve operational efficiency and reduce air emissions.

  • Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP Project
    The Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado has developed a "searchable BMP database" that has examples of voluntary and required best practices in the Intermountain West (Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and New Mexico).

  • New Mexico's Pocket Guide
    The Pollution Prevention/Best Management Practices Pocket Guide for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Industry is a quick lookup reference for common oil and gas pollution prevention and waste management practices.

  • Top Ten BMP for Oil and Gas Industry Operators Poster

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