As has already happened in Alberta and Saskatchewan, British Columbia has developed its own Flaring and Venting Reduction Guideline.
The guideline gives guidance and regulatory requirements for flaring, venting and incinerating in B.C., along with procedural information for items such as: dispersion modeling, flare approval requests and reporting and measuring of flared, vented and incinerated gas.
Flaring and venting are associated with a wide range of energy development activities and operations, including disposal of gas associated with:
- Oil production (solution gas)
- Oil & gas well drilling, completion & testing
- Gas production
- Unplanned non-routine de-pressuring of process equipment & gas pipelines due to process upsets or emergency
- Planned non-routine de-pressuring of processing equipment & gas pipelines for maintenance
Significant economic benefits will accrue to the upstream oil and gas industry, as well as the Province of B.C., with the data gathered and volumes totaled. It will help to provide for new investments in gas gathering systems, additions to gas processing facilities to conserve associated gas and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Click here to download the:
BC-Flaring-Venting-Reduction-Guideline-October-2011 version 4.2