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SIDNEY HERALD In our (]re{] WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016 etroleum Associati n taps DEQ BY JESSICA SENA tana'soil and gas produc- the EPA reported a reduc- ers, largely located across tion in methane emissions SPE1ALT0 TH[ HERALD the Hi-Line in the northby 16.9 percent since 1990, The Montana Petroleum central part of the state, with field production emis- Association (MPA) execu- The EPA rules seek to re- sions falling more than 40 tive director Alan Olson classify how emissions are percent since 2006. Since was in Sidney recently quantified at the source, 2007, the U.S. has emerged co-hosting an air quality including aggregation ofas the leading producer workshop with the Men- interrelated operating of natural gas, with a 26 tana Department of Envi- sites, while the BLM is percent increase in produc- ronmental Quality (DEQ). focused on the monetary tion. MPA member Bison value of vented and flared While in Sidney, DEQ Engineering, which also gas produced as a byprod- officials specializing in air partook in the workshop, uct of producing oil wells, quality permits and the has been heavily involved The comment period registration program pro- with aiding the associa- closed in April on the BLM vided oil and gas operators tion's efforts to respond to proposed Methane and with a thorough presenta- a host of new regulatory Waste Prevention Rule. tion of the proposed EPA proposals on methane com- State regulations al- rules, and opened for ing down the pike from the ready dictate when and discussion on how best EPA and BLM. why a well may flare gasto move forward so that Montana's regulatory at the wellhead; namely,Montana can remain in environment for air qual- if pipeline infrastructure compliance. ity is unique in that the is not present. In NorthIt was made evident that state has primacy over Dakota, ambitious capture the agency is struggling to an air registration pro- targets to reduce flaring understand how to comply gram, allowing oil and have prompted gangbusterwith the rules nearly as gas operators to submit construction of gathering much as many oil and gas emissions reports post- lines and natural gas pro- operators are, and for that production, when emis- cessing plants. On federal reason, the agency main- sion tonnage falls below a land however, there is atains an open line of com- certain criteria. But new significant hurdle to simi- munication with industry. rules may change that, lar development; "hurry DEQ's Dave Aguirre, requiring permits ahead up and wait" delays for Air Program Supervi- of operation, in addition pipeline permitting, sor and Dave Klemp, Air to rigorous leak detection This is among the many Bureau Chief, commended and fugitive emissions obstacles thwarting rev-the Montana Petroleum monitoring through costly enue generating develop-Association for its collabo- new equipment, such as ment on public lands, and ration on previous work, infrared cameras, also one of the reasons including the air regis- The cost of compliance industry has responded tration program which alone will be enough to put negatively to the new streamlined permitting many smaller, "stripper" rule proposals. The new for expedited operations, operators out of business, demands on operators areand has worked effectively Stripper wells are those not balanced with obliga- since put into place. producing less than 15 bbl tions of federal agencies to Public comment on an of oil per day. Stripper well assist in timely permitting. Information Collection production represents 10 New rules also do not Request (ICR) to require oil percent of the overall oil take into account the and gas companies to pro- production in the U.S., and reduced emissions duringvide information needed to these operators make up a the recent boom in oil pro- develop regulations is open significant share of Men- duction. In April of 2014, until Aug. 2. Sheriff's report Juh, ! 7 The Richland County Sheriff's Office arrested Brian Christopher Been, 43, Fairview, on authority of a warrant from District Court for violating conditions of his sentence. He was placed in custody to the Richland County Detention Center. The Richland County Sheriff's Office arrested two individuals close to Yellowstone River. Lane Michael Cottrell, 31, was arrested for criminal trespass to property and on authority of a felony warrant from Yellowstone County for burglary and theft. There was no bond. Sara Elizabeth Stuodur, 2B, was arrested for criminal trespass to property and obstructing jus- tice. Bond was set at $1,585. The arrests came after the Richland County,Sheriff's Office was contacted by the U.S. Marshal s Office regarding Coltrell being in the area. Pokemon in Sidney CRYSTA PARKINSON I SIDNEY HERALD Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney embraces the crowds combing the city for Pokemon with this sign, above, one of three posted in front of the church. Trinity is home to a poke-stop, one of several spots around town where Pokemon trainers (as players of the Pokemon Go game call themselves) can replenish the bolls used as virtual ammunition. Other spots include the Donald G. Nutter statue in Central Park and the water tower. The recently released game utilizes a player's cell phone as o hand-held collection device for a variety of adorable monsters, which can be found just about anywhere. The wide appeal of the game is bringing groups together in porks and near churches, water towers, and historical landmarks all over Sidney, as well as Statistic across the count /and the The average number in the jail during the week of Ju!y world. 14-21 was 30 inmates. pepsi BANKS OF SERVICE SINCE 1907 406-433-3212 re mr, o ere I Certified Public Accountants 121 .S. Central Ave., Sidney, 433.5464 "We ore in the people business, wejust happen to sell groceries." MARKET The Shops at FOX RV.n 404 N Cent ral Aw'. 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