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Check Your Mailbox: The Final ICR Is Here!

Posted: November 16th, 2016

Author: All4 Staff 

On November 10, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final Information Collection Request (ICR) that will be used to obtain information from affected oil and natural gas operations to help them develop regulations to best reduce emissions from existing sources in the oil and natural gas industry.

How does this affect you?

The ICR requires existing oil and natural gas facilities to provide extensive information regarding facility operations, such as equipment counts and how your equipment is, or could be, controlled and/or configured.  ICR recipients have a legal obligation to respond and attest to the accuracy of the information they provide.

The final ICR is comprised of two parts:

  1. Operator Survey – This survey is designed to obtain general information from onshore petroleum and natural gas production facilities. Information requested by the Operator Survey will include facility-level information (e.g., facility name, location, and contact information), as well as the quantities and types of equipment present at the facility.  This survey will be sent to approximately 15,000 owners/operators.  Recipients will have 60 days to respond to this survey.
  2. Detailed Facility Survey – A statistical approach will be utilized to select approximately 4,650 oil and natural gas facilities to participate in Part 2 of the ICR. If selected, the facility will be required to provide detailed information on its emissions sources and emissions control devices or practices within 180 days.

What should you look out for?

Owners and operators will receive the ICR by registered mail. We urge you to not procrastinate!  Recipients of the ICR letter will only have 60 days to complete the Operator Survey and return it to the U.S. EPA.

Do you need support?

Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed with other facility obligations, or you just can’t handle all the thrills and excitement of managing this ICR, let us assist you!  As always, we are only a phone call or email away.


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