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Oil & Gas Source Registration

Oil & gas sources in the State of Utah are required to register with the Utah Division of Air Quality (UDAQ) in accordance with R307-505. The registration process will help UDAQ identify oil and gas facilities on state lands, thereby increasing the resolution of oil and gas emissions inventories and allowing for more comprehensive compliance assessments. Operators will find that many fields and quantities requested in the registration may be transferred from the 2017 Oil & Gas Emissions Inventory workbook or are already regularly collected regularly by the Utah Division of Oil Gas and Mining (DOGM).

The registration requirement applies to new and existing industries involved in oil and natural gas exploration, production, and transmission operations; well production facilities; natural gas compressor stations; natural gas processing plants and commercial oil and gas disposal wells, and evaporation ponds. Sources with an approval order are exempt from registration.

To begin the registration process, download the Registration Workbook and the User Manual (pdf).

Download the User Manual
Download the Registration Workbook

NOTE: Please only submit ONE registration workbook for ALL of your oil and gas sources. If you would like to register an additional source at a later time, please resubmit the original workbook with changes reflected in new rows appended to existing rows.

Email completed registration workbooks to OGregistration@utah.gov. For existing sources, registration is due by July 1, 2018. Sources that are identified after January 1, 2018 must submit a complete registration 30 days prior to beginning operation.

Permit By Rule

Oil and gas sources make up a significant portion of the emissions inventory in Utah. A majority of these sources are either minor sources, or exempt small sources, under Utah State Rules. Over the past few years, oil and gas wells have made up over half of the minor source permit requests to UDAQ. To provide a more streamlined permitting approach to these sources, obtain more efficiency in the utilization of the UDAQ’s resources, and gather needed information to oversee these sources, UDAQ has adopted several rules and amendments to a collection of existing rules that regulate oil and gas sources. The requirements outlined in these rules are referred to as permit by rule (PBR), as their enforcement will replace many individual permits.

Operators should examine the rules and flowchart below to determine their eligibility for the PBR.

R307-401
R307-504
R307-505
R307-506
R307-507
R307-508
R307-509
R307-510

PBR Eligibility Flowchart (pdf)

FAQs

Should I modify my permit or register my source and follow the permit by rule for oil and gas wells?

The Division recommends that a source which requires a modification to their approval order (AO) do the following:

  • request to revoke their permit,
  • register with the Division (R307-505), and
  • follow the requirements of the rules (R307-506 through R307-510).

With modification to an existing AO, the requirements will be updated to reflect current BACT, on which the rules were based. Registration is simpler, quicker, and fees are less.

If I keep and maintain my AO, will I be protected from future rules?

It is unknown what rules may apply in the future. If areas of Utah are designated as nonattainment, depending on classification, area sources will be evaluated for Reasonably Available Control Measures (RACM), and major sources will be evaluated for Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT). In that case, rules may apply to all sources regardless of possession of an AO.

If I revoke an existing AO and register my source and follow the permit by rule, will I be required to pay a fee?

Yes, fees will apply. However, the fee to revoke an AO and the fee to register your source will often be less than the fees required to modify or update your AO. The fees to revoke and register are one time fees.

If I have an oil and gas well that is active, i.e. has not been shut in, but is not producing, am I required to register it?

Yes, these wells would be considered operational or have the ability to operate and thus be required to register with the Division.

If I perform a well recompletion, will I be required to update or re-register my source?

Sources are only required to update their registration if the company changes its name, controls are removed or added, or the source terminates operations (shut in well).

Does the breakdown rule apply to sources that are registered under the permit by rule?

The breakdown rule (R307-107) will still apply to sources that are in compliance with the permit by rule, rather than an AO. So yes the source is covered.

Are 'knock out' vessels along pipelines required to register?

No