Resolution 143/98 - Modification of Resolution No. 236/96, Approve the Rules and Regulations of Gas Venting

Last updated: 3 December 2019

Resolution 143/98 establishes venting limits for wells.

Specifically, Sec. 3.1 of Annex I allows venting up to 25 ms/m3 as of January 1, 1998 and 1 m3/m3 as of January 1, 2000. Sec. 3.2 requires the shut-in of wells venting above 1500 m3/m3.

Short-term exceptions are permitted for cause (Sec. 4, 5); in addition, blowdowns are not included in the emissions limit (Sec. 4.4). Released gas must be incinerated (Sec. 3.4). Longer exceptions will only stand for wells venting less than 1500 m3/m3, and where operators have prepared a feasibility study with a schedule for abatement investments (Sec. 5) and made a financial guarantee (Sec. 8) for the costs of those projects.

Sec. 9 authorizes the Secretary of Energy to conduct compliance inspections and enforce these provisions.

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