Bill Text: TX HB896 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to air quality permits issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for certain oil and gas facilities.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-01 - Referred to Environmental Regulation [HB896 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB896-Introduced.html
  87R1167 JAM-F
 
  By: Reynolds H.B. No. 896
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to air quality permits issued by the Texas Commission on
  Environmental Quality for certain oil and gas facilities.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 382, Health and Safety
  Code, is amended by adding Section 382.051965 to read as follows:
         Sec. 382.051965.  INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS
  FOR OIL AND GAS FACILITIES. (a) A permit by rule or a standard
  permit relating to a facility described by Section 382.051961(a)
  must require:
               (1)  the permit holder of a new facility or an existing
  facility that has been modified to establish a quarterly inspection
  and maintenance program for the detection and repair of leaks from
  all valves, pump seals, flanges, compressor seals, pressure relief
  valves, open-ended lines, tanks, and other process and operation
  components of the facility that could result in fugitive emissions;
               (2)  for a new facility, a prohibition on the use of
  venting and limitations on the use of flaring;
               (3)  for an existing facility that has been modified,
  the elimination of the use of venting and a reduction in the use of
  flaring;
               (4)  limitations on emissions of volatile organic
  compounds from storage tanks that have the potential to emit more
  than one ton of volatile organic compounds per year;
               (5)  limitations on emissions of nitrogen oxides from
  compressor engines with more than 100 horsepower;
               (6)  maintenance protocols and best practices for
  compressor stations; and
               (7)  the use and maintenance of no-bleed and low-bleed
  pneumatic devices and controllers between a wellhead and a natural
  gas processing plant and the monitoring of emissions from those
  devices.
         (b)  A program described by Subsection (a)(1) must require
  the use of leak detection equipment such as optical gas imaging
  cameras.
         (c)  In adopting rules to implement this section, the
  commission may consider:
               (1)  applying different standards to new facilities and
  facilities that have been modified; and
               (2)  using incentives to encourage the use of best
  practices at facilities subject to this section.
         SECTION 2.  Not later than June 1, 2022, the Texas Commission
  on Environmental Quality shall adopt rules as necessary to
  implement Section 382.051965, Health and Safety Code, as added by
  this Act.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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