Oil & Gas

MBARD requires permits for equipment associated with the oil and gas industry.  Regulated pollutants can be emitted directly from combustion-type equipment such as steam generators, heaters, and flares. Non-combustion equipment such as separators and tank systems, as well as fugitive emissions (leaks) from components at well sites can also be sources of VOC emissions and are subject to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities.

What Equipment Needs a Permit?

Individual permits will be required for each of the following:

  • Steam Generators
  • Internal Combustion Engines rated greater than 50 HP
  • Flare or Thermal Oxidizer
  • Boilers/Heaters greater than or equal to 2 million BTU/hr
  • Portable equipment
  • Separators and Tank Systems
  • Casing Gas Collection and Control Systems
  • Storage and Loadout
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Gas Scrubbing Plant

New and modified equipment is subject to New Source Review. Operators of new and modified equipment must receive an Authority to Construct prior to commencing construction.

Submittal of Permit Applications

For new and modified equipment, MBARD Rule 200 requires any business or person to obtain an Authority to Construct and Permit to Operate before installing or operating new or modified equipment. We highly recommend you contact MBARD before purchasing or installing any new equipment. Permit applications and permit fees should be submitted together for new or modified equipment.

Permit Application Completeness Determination

A complete permit application constitutes the submittal of all applicable permit application forms as described above and submittal of the appropriate application fee. An application will not be accepted for processing until it is deemed complete. The following will be required in order for MBARD to make a completeness determination.

 Related Rules

MBARD Rules

Rule 200 PERMITS REQUIRED

Rule 201 SOURCES NOT REQUIRING PERMITS

Rule 207 REVIEW OF NEW OR MODIFIED SOURCES

Rule 221 FEDERAL PREVENTION OF SIGNIFICANT DETERIORATION

Rule 222 FEDERAL MINOR SOURCES REVIEW

Rule 300 DISTRICT FEES

Rule 400 VISIBLE EMISSIONS

Rule 402 NUISANCES

Rule 403 PARTICULAR MATTER

Rule 404 SULFUR COMPOUNDS AND NITROGEN OXIDES

Rule 412 SULFUR CONTENT OF FUELS

Rule 413 REMOVAL OF SULFUR COMPOUNDS

Rule 427 STEAM DRIVE CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION WELLS

Rule 436 TITLE V: GENERAL PROHIBITORY RULE

Rule 1000 PERMIT GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR SOURCES EMITTING TOXIC AIR CONTAMINANTS

State Rules

Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities

Memoranda of Agreements to Implement State Regulation

Federal Rules

New Source Performance Standards Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production, Transmission and Distribution for which Construction, Modification or Reconstruction Commenced After August 23, 2011, and on or before September 18, 2015 40 CFR part 60 subpart OOOO

New Source Performance Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities for which Construction, Modification or Reconstruction Commenced After September 18, 2015 40 CFR Subpart OOOOa