HSSE-SR:- EPA Subpart Quad O - Opportunites, Technologies and Solutions for Vent Gas Management in Upstream Oil and Gas Operations

Speaker: Jeff Voorhis
Speaker Jeff Voorhis
Mr. Voorhis joined HY-BON ENGINEERING in 2012 and has been using his oil and gas permit expertise to overcome regulatory barriers. In May 1990, Mr. Voorhis joined the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, where he provided engineering and technical assistance on pollution prevention in the United States and Mexico. In ...

Mr. Voorhis joined HY-BON ENGINEERING in 2012 and has been using his oil and gas permit expertise to overcome regulatory barriers. In May 1990, Mr. Voorhis joined the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, where he provided engineering and technical assistance on pollution prevention in the United States and Mexico. In these diverse functions, he has applied the principles of Environmental Management Systems and ISO 14000 to a number of customer/supplier interactions. He has successfully provided technology to many pollution prevention and environmentally conscious projects, resulting in over 250 million dollars a year in savings. He has extensive background in design, installation, start-up and troubleshooting of environmental control systems as well as commercialization of new processes and technology. His experience includes on-site industrial pollution prevention assessments, pollution prevention training, and expertise in overcoming regulatory barriers.


Jeffrey Lee Voorhis obtained the degree of Bachelor of Science in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Kingsville Texas A & M University in 1983. Mr. Voorhis is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas and has 10 years of private sector engineering experience in the petroleum industry, including work for the Texas Railroad Commission. He has many publications including preparation of Texas Pollution Prevention Assessment Manual and Case Studies of Source Reduction and Waste Minimization by Texas Industries. He has served on FOSTTA and many EPA committees. He is also project leader for TSCA, PPIS, RCRA, Galveston Bay, and NICE3 grants. Mr. Voorhis is also a Registrar Accreditation Board Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor for ISO 14000. He is first certified EMS Lead Auditor in state service. Mr. Voorhis was named was TCEQ employee of the Year in Pollution Prevention in 2005.

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Speaker: Audrey Mascarenhas
Speaker Audrey Mascarenhas
Ms. Audrey Mascarenhas is currently the President and CEO of Questor Technology Inc. (Questor) an international environmental oil field service company focused on clean air technologies.   Questor designs and manufactures high efficiency waste gas incinerators that destroy noxious or toxic hydrocarbon gases ensuring regulatory compliance, environmental protection, a maintaining of ...

Ms. Audrey Mascarenhas is currently the President and CEO of Questor Technology Inc. (Questor) an international environmental oil field service company focused on clean air technologies.   Questor designs and manufactures high efficiency waste gas incinerators that destroy noxious or toxic hydrocarbon gases ensuring regulatory compliance, environmental protection, a maintaining of public confidence and reducing operating costs for our clients.  Audrey joined Questor in 1999.  Prior to this, Audrey held various technical, business and management positions during a 17-year tenure with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd., presently Conoco-Phillips.  She is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering and holds a Masters Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. 


Audrey has had the opportunity to share her passion for the environment and the search for solutions to air quality with other audiences, notably at the ‘World Petroleum Congress  in Johannesburg, ‘World Bank global gas flaring forum   in Amsterdam and ‘Eco Expo Asia’  in Hong Kong.  Audrey served as a distinguished lecturer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for 2010-2011. Audrey is a member of the Schulich Industry Advisory Council which provides general strategic advice to the Dean of Engineering at the University of Calgary.  She currently is a member of the Alberta Government Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Export Council providing strategic advice to the Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations.


Ms. Mascarenhas was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Prairies Award for the Cleantech and Environmental Services category. She was also selected by the national judging panel to receive a special citation in honour of Values-Based Innovation.  Audrey was chosen by Business in Calgary as a 2014 Leader of Tomorrow.

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A new federal air quality rule governing midstream and upstream activity is in effect. The rule, also known by its more formal citation 40 CFR Part 60 Subpart OOOO, or ‘New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) Subpart Quad O’ contains new regulations and revisions to existing statutes. This rule will have a major impact on how the Oil and Gas industry has been operating regarding waste gas emissions. Reverberations will be felt across the industry by these more stringent rules governing upstream exploration and production segment as well as the midstream segment. Air emissions from Oil and Gas resource development have been drawing increased attention by many concerned parties including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the states, industry, and the public. EPA regulations are being implemented to quantify the emissions from oil and gas operations and control the emissions of pollutants and contaminants. Industry is taking action to minimize emissions while the public is concerned with potential health effects. Improving well performance and operations now need to include emission reduction as a integral function. Understanding waste emissions and turning them into possible positive cash flow assets is the opportunity. Vent Gas Management is an area companies need to explore to increase their bottom line and reduce liability. The technology, techniques and reliability has greatly improved making it profitable in many cases. It is all non-product output going to waste that needs to be put back in the product stream for profitable “Green” production. Remember; "You don’t know; what you don’t know" because it has never been an area of high importance. New technologies are keeping pace to eliminate or control these emissions. Many of these technologies are economically feasible; while keeping you in compliance. Change is in the air. This talk will be on opportunities, solutions and techniques in Vent Gas Management. Also a chance to ask tough questions to an Ex-Regulator and get straight answers.

When?

Tue, Sep. 23, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. US/Central

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Where?

Petroleum Club
800 Bell
Houston, Texas 77002
United States

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