Fugitive Emissions Management Guideline (British Columbia)

Last updated: 14 January 2020

The guideline contains:  Fugitive methane emissions management plan components; leak detection survey procedures, including frequency, spacing and timing guidance; training and competency expectations; repair protocols; data collection and management requirements.

Frequency of leak detection inspections vary according to facility type, production type, control equipment present, and by the presence or absence of storage tanks. Tri-annual comprehensive surveys are required at gas processing plants, compressor stations, and a multi-well battery or single-well battery with a controlled storage tank. Unconventional wellsites, and well sites with a storage tank, need only be inspected once a year. Comprehensive surveys require the use of U.S. EPA Method 21 organic vapour analyzers or optimal gas imaging instruments. Additional screening surveys should be done using the soap method or audio-visual-olfactory inspection.

Governed by BC Oil and Gas Commission

Policy types
  • Regulatory instruments
  • Codes and standards
  • Pollutant emission standards
  • Information and education
  • Mandatory reporting
  • Recordkeeping requirements
  • Upstream
  • LDAR-upstream
  • LDAR tri-annually