One of the many environmental studies that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) conducts is emissions inventory studies. The purpose of these studies is to assess the potential impacts of air emissions from offshore OCS oil and gas exploration, development, and production sources to onshore coastal states. Past emissions efforts include calendar years 2000, 2005, and 2008. Currently, a Year 2011 Emission Inventory Studyhas been awarded.
The objective of the Year 2011 Emission Inventory Study will be to calculate OCS sources (platform and non-platform) emissions for calendar year 2011, including estimates of carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), hydrocarbons (VOC), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxides (N20).
BOEM has published NTL No. 2010-G06, which requires operators to collect all their calendar year 2011 activity data (using the GOADS software) from every piece of equipment on all platforms in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico and submit that data to BOEM by April 18, 2012.
A webpage has been developed for GOADS at http://www.gomr.boemre.gov/homepg/regulate/environ/airquality/goads.html. This webpage includes past emissions inventory databases for 2000 and 2005, and will soon include 2008. It also includes information and materials needed for the GOADS 2011 effort, including the NTL, software, User’s Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, and Technical Support.
This meeting agenda will include:
- the information the operator will collect and report to BOEM,
- the time periods for submittal of this information,
- the information reporting software, GOADS 2011, and
- the final GOADS 2008 emissions estimates, including greenhouse gases.