Law Enforcement: Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Washington County Oil and Gas Production / Injection Facility Enter Consent Order | Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC

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The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (“ADEM”) and Crosbys Creek Oil & Gas, LLC (“Crosbys”) entered into a November 5 Consent Order (“CO”) regarding an alleged violation of a permit air.

The OC states that Crosbys operates an oil and gas production and injection facility (“Facility”) in Washington County, Alabama.

The facility is operated under certain synthetic minor operating permits described in the CO. Clause 22 of the permits describes as stating:

SO2 emissions from this facility must not exceed 95 tonnes over a 12 month period.

The CO predicts that on March 17 Crosbys informed ADEM that the facility was aware of high sulfur dioxide (“SO2”) emissions and was approaching its limit of 95 TPY of SO2. ADEM subsequently received the monthly emissions report for the month of February, which documented that the facility exceeded the moving average of 95 TPY with a total emissions of 162.5 tonnes of SO2 from July 2020 to February 2021.

Crosbys reportedly indicated that the high emissions were caused by the shutdown of the vapor recovery unit. Additionally, Crosbys refers to installation plans for digital flow meters at the facility to monitor the amount of gas burned daily.

The CO provides that Crosbys neither admits nor denies ADEM’s allegations.

A civil fine of $ 50,000 is imposed.

A copy of the CO can be downloaded here.


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