Oil & Gas Midstream Facilities

Oil and gas midstream facilities include those that transport or store oil and gas. Facilities that are midstream include some tank batteries, truck and rail load-out or transfer facilities, natural gas processing plants and compressor stations, among others.

Questions may be addressed to the North Dakota Department of Health at 701.328.5188.


Permitting

Midstream facilities may require construction permits and operating permits, please see those pages for more information on the permitting process and requirements. Midstream facilities may be subject to several State and Federal regulations including, but not limited to:

North Dakota Administrative Code (NDAC)
New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)


Electric Compressor Stations

The Department has traditionally issued air quality permits to construct and operating permits to all natural gas compressor stations. However, with the increase in electric-driven compressor engines the facilities tend to have significantly lower emissions compared to other engine-driven compressors. As such the Department released a 21 November 2012 memo: Permitting of Electric-driven Compressor Stations. This memo outlines when an electric-driven compressor station needs to apply for a Construction or Operating Permit.


Storage Vessels at Non-Production Facilities (Midstream)


Oil & Gas Documents and Bakken Guidance

Due to the unique properties of the Bakken, Three Forks, and Sanish formations, the Department has developed special guidelines and regulations related to the air quality requirements of facilities producing and processing oil and gas from these formations. Many of these documents apply to other non-Bakken, Three Forks, or Sanish wells.

Document Name

Rev. Date

Doc Type

Memo to Operators About Guidance Document 02 May 2011 Policy
Oil and Gas Production Facilities Guidance (aka Bakken Guidance) 02 May 2011 Policy
Emission Calculation Workbook (.xls) 07 March 2013 Form
Well Registration Form (SFN 14334) 10-13 Form
Example of Completed Well Registration Form (SFN 14334)* 05-15 Form-Example
Examples of Completed Emission Calculation Workbook* 05-15 Form-Example
Examples of Gas Analysis* 05-15 Form-Example
Regulation Summary 01-13 Policy
Bakken Pool Oil & Gas Guidance Policy Method 22 Clarification 10 October 2011 Policy
NDDoH Clarification of VOC Emission Responsibilities for Oil & Gas Facilities Producing Prior to June 1, 2011 07-11 Policy
Air Pollution Control Equipment Operations (August) 20 August 2012 Policy
Air Pollution Control Equipment Operations (October) 19 October 2012 Policy
Storage Vessels at Oil & Gas Non-Production Facilities 27 May 2015 Policy
Storage Vessel Guidance 09 October 2013 Policy
ND Storage Vessel Registration Cover Letter 09 October 2013 Policy
ND Spreadsheet for Storage Vessel Guidance 09 October 2013 Policy
Memo & EPA Compliance Alert forAir Emissions at Oil and Gas Production Storage Vessels 19 October 2015 Policy

* All three, completed SFN 14334, completed Emission Calculation Workbook, and Gas Analysis must be submitted to the department within 90 days of first production. Failure to submit a complete registration packet for a new or re-completed well, within the 90 days, may be subject to enforcement action.

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Last Updated: 03/22/2016


Oil & Gas Midstream Packages

The Division has developed packages of commonly used forms, regulations, rules, and documents related to the oil and gas industry for easier use. These packages are of common files and information used in oil and gas and may not contain all rules, regulations, or documents that apply to your facility.

Below are forms commonly needed for a Permit to Construct for a natural gas compressor station.


Form Name SFN Rev. Date Form Type
Air Contaminant Sources 8516 06-13 Permit Application
Air Pollution Control Equipment 8532 09-12 Permit Application
Flares 59652 09-12 Permit Application
Fuel Burning Equipment for Indirect Heating 8518 09-12 Permit Application
Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) Source 8329 09-12 Permit Application
Internal Combustion Engines and Turbines 8891 09-12 Permit Application
Volatile Organic Compounds Storage Tank 8535 10-13 Permit Application

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Last Updated: 06/21/2016

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