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1 Railroad Commission of Texas Pits and Stationary Treatment Facilities: Application Information Sean Avitt Environmental Permits & Support Unit Main Line:

2 Disclaimer / Class Overview 2 This is the highlights… This presentation is not intended to be, nor is it, a complete guide. There is no substitution for reading the rules, or having professional consultation. Environmental Permits Background Info Pits – Application Info STF – Application Info

3 BACKGROUND INFORMATION Environmental Permitting 3

4 4 Covers the management of oil and gas waste at or near the surface Includes all disposal methods other than injection wells Permitting and Management of: Pits Landfarming and Landtreatment Recycling Reclamation Plants Separation Facilities Discharges Waste Haulers Others Environmental Permits & Support

5 5 Covers the management of oil and gas waste at or near the surface Includes all disposal methods other than injection wells Permitting and Management of: Pits Landfarming and Landtreatment Recycling Reclamation Plants Separation Facilities Discharges Waste Haulers Others

6 Associated Rules and Publications Rule 8 – Water Protection Rule 57 – Reclamation Plants Rule 78 – Financial Security Rule 98 – Hazardous Waste Management Chapter 4, Subchapter B – Commercial Recycling 6

7 Associated Rules and Publications Rule 8 – Water Protection Rule 57 – Reclamation Plants Rule 78 – Financial Security Rule 98 – Hazardous Waste Management Chapter 4, Subchapter B – Commercial Recycling Surface Waste Management Manual 7 permit-types-information/

8 Rule 8 Background Environmental Permitting’s Authority Subsections (b) No Pollution (d) Pollution Control Prohibited / Authorized Disposal Prohibited / Authorized Pits Authorized Pit Backfilling requirements Prohibited / Authorized Recycling 8

9 Rule 8 - Permitted Pits If a pit is not authorized by Rule 8, a Form H-11 must be filed with Environmental Permits and a permit issued before use of the pit can begin. Examples of types of pits that require a permit: Commercial Fluid Recycling Pit Disposal Pit Collecting Pit Emergency Saltwater Storage Pit Brine Pit Washout Pit Skimming Pit Gas Plant Evaporation/Retention Pit 9

10 Rule 8 - Permitted Pits Examples of types of pits that require a permit: Commercial Fluid Recycling Pit Disposal Pit Collecting Pit Emergency Saltwater Storage Pit Brine Pit Washout Pit Skimming Pit Gas Plant Evaporation/Retention Pit ANY PIT NOT SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY RULE 8 10

11 Rule 8 - Permitted Pits Examples of types of pits that require a permit: Commercial Fluid Recycling Pit We’ll talk about this in the next presentation Disposal Pit Collecting Pit Emergency Saltwater Storage Pit Brine Pit Washout Pit Skimming Pit Gas Plant Evaporation/Retention Pit 11

12 Rule 8 - Permitted Pits Examples of types of pits that require a permit: Commercial Fluid Recycling Pit Disposal Pit Large pit created for disposal of mud & cuttings Collecting Pit Emergency Saltwater Storage Pit Brine Pit Washout Pit Skimming Pit Gas Plant Evaporation/Retention Pit 12

13 Rule 8 - Permitted Pits Examples of types of pits that require a permit: Commercial Fluid Recycling Pit Disposal Pit Collecting Pit Storage prior to disposal, typically, by injection Emergency Saltwater Storage Pit Brine Pit Washout Pit Skimming Pit Gas Plant Evaporation/Retention Pit 13

14 Rule 8 - Permitted Pits Examples of types of pits that require a permit: Commercial Fluid Recycling Pit Disposal Pit Collecting Pit Emergency Saltwater Storage Pit Used temporarily during upset or repair Brine Pit Washout Pit Skimming Pit Gas Plant Evaporation/Retention Pit 14

15 Rule 8 - Permitted Pits Examples of types of pits that require a permit: Commercial Fluid Recycling Pit Disposal Pit Collecting Pit Emergency Saltwater Storage Pit Brine Pit Storage of brine at underground storage caverns Washout Pit Skimming Pit Gas Plant Evaporation/Retention Pit 15

16 Rule 8 - Permitted Pits Examples of types of pits that require a permit: Commercial Fluid Recycling Pit Disposal Pit Collecting Pit Emergency Saltwater Storage Pit Brine Pit Washout Pit Washout of “empty” trucks– wash water and incidental pollutants Skimming Pit Gas Plant Evaporation/Retention Pit 16

17 Rule 8 - Permitted Pits Examples of types of pits that require a permit: Commercial Fluid Recycling Pit Disposal Pit Collecting Pit Emergency Saltwater Storage Pit Brine Pit Washout Pit Skimming Pit Prior to discharge to remove oil & grease to acceptable level Gas Plant Evaporation/Retention Pit 17

18 Rule 8 - Permitted Pits Examples of types of pits that require a permit: Commercial Fluid Recycling Pit Disposal Pit Collecting Pit Emergency Saltwater Storage Pit Brine Pit Washout Pit Skimming Pit Gas Plant Evaporation/Retention Pit Pit used to collect rainwater and waste water – sometimes a buried tank or sump 18

19 APPLICATION INFORMATION Pits 19

20 … You might be a Pit. If it’s in contact with the ground, but not an above- ground storage tank If it’s below grade (even if it’s just a little bit) If it’s a “sump” larger than 500 gallons If it’s a concrete structure that cannot be moved easily and quickly to be checked for leaks If it’s a steel containment ring with a liner 20

21 Permitting Pits Submit an Application for Permit to Maintain and Use a Pit (Form H-11) to Austin and District Office And the supplemental information required by the back of the Form H-11 library/oil-gas-forms-in-alphabetical-order/ 21

22 Front of the H-11 22

23 Front of the H-11 23

24 Front of the H-11 24

25 Front of the H-11 No box left empty! 6. Lease/Project/Facility name different than Operator 10.b. Artificial liner – concrete or buried tank = lined 10.c. LDS must be isolated… not monitor wells 13. Other – Description of Pit Type 15.b. Type of waste or fluid 15.c. Chloride concentration 16. If existing, don’t forget the construction date 25

26 Front of the H-11 26

27 Back of H-11 – Instructions to Pit Application B.Notify Surface Owner C.Plat D.County Highway Map G.Cross sections H.Liner info I.Soil / subsoil info J.Leak Detection System (LDS) K.Routine Inspection if no LDS L.ESWS size justification 27

28 Back of H-11 – Instructions to Pit Application B.Notify Surface Owner w/ front & back of H-11 C.Plat D.County Highway Map G.Cross sections H.Liner info I.Soil / subsoil info J.Leak Detection System (LDS) K.Routine Inspection if no LDS L.ESWS size justification 28

29 Back of H-11 – Instructions to Pit Application B.Notify Surface Owner w/ front & back of H-11 C.Plat Perpendicular distance to lease & survey lines clearly noted in feet D.County Highway Map G.Cross sections H.Liner info I.Soil / subsoil info J.Leak Detection System (LDS) K.Routine Inspection if no LDS L.ESWS size justification 29

30 30 A-125 Survey Plat S. AVITT A-047 V. Lang A-126 T & N.O.R.R.C.O Survey N Pit Sage Brush Ranch (01234) Lease 400 ft 820 ft 931 ft °, ° Scale

31 Back of H-11 – Instructions to Pit Application B.Notify Surface Owner w/ front & back of H-11 C.Plat D.County Highway Map 1 inch = 4 miles G.Cross sections H.Liner info I.Soil / subsoil info J.Leak Detection System (LDS) K.Routine Inspection if no LDS L.ESWS size justification 31

32 Back of H-11 – Instructions to Pit Application B.Notify Surface Owner w/ front & back of H-11 C.Plat D.County Highway Map G.Cross sections H.Liner info I.Soil / subsoil info J.Leak Detection System (LDS) K.Routine Inspection if no LDS L.ESWS size justification 32

33 Cross section example 33 Natural Grade Top of Berms This is only one cross section— Two are required. And don’t forget the plan view (bird’s eye)! Fluid Level

34 Cross section example feet Top of Berms freeboard 1:3 slope Fluid Level This is only one cross section— Two are required. And don’t forget the plan view (bird’s eye)! Natural Grade

35 Cross section example feet Top of Berms freeboard 1:3 slope Dimensions Fluid Level This is only one cross section— Two are required. And don’t forget the plan view (bird’s eye)! Scale Natural Grade

36 36 2 feet freeboard Natural Grade Top of Berms Fluid Level Texas P.E. seal and signature REQUIRED Fluid Stored Above Grade

37 Back of H-11 – Instructions to Pit Application B.Notify Surface Owner w/ front & back of H-11 C.Plat D.County Highway Map G.Cross sections H.Liner info Thickness, material, and manufacturer’s info incl. hydraulic conductivity (< 1 x cm/s) I.Soil / subsoil info J.Leak Detection System (LDS) K.Routine Inspection if no LDS L.ESWS size justification 37

38 Back of H-11 – Instructions to Pit Application B.Notify Surface Owner w/ front & back of H-11 C.Plat D.County Highway Map G.Cross sections H.Liner info I.Soil / subsoil info J.Leak Detection System (LDS) K.Routine Inspection if no LDS L.ESWS size justification 38

39 39 Soil Information Underlying subsoil (Geology) aquifer/GAT

40 Back of H-11 – Instructions to Pit Application B.Notify Surface Owner w/ front & back of H-11 C.Plat D.County Highway Map G.Cross sections H.Liner info I.Soil / subsoil info J.Leak Detection System (LDS) Design & liner failure determination K.Routine Inspection if no LDS Annual emptying of pit & inspection of liner L.ESWS size justification 40

41 Back of H-11 – Instructions to Pit Application B.Notify Surface Owner w/ front & back of H-11 C.Plat D.County Highway Map G.Cross sections H.Liner info I.Soil / subsoil info J.Leak Detection System (LDS) K.Routine Inspection if no LDS L.ESWS size justification Calculation that demonstrates need during repair/upset 41

42 APPLICATION INFORMATION Stationary Treatment Facilities (STFs) 42

43 Common Facilities at STFs Landfarm Landtreatment Waste Separation Reclamation Recycling Disposal Pits Collecting Pits 43

44 General Requirements Site Information Facility Design and Construction Facility Monitoring Closure 44

45 General Requirements Site Information Facility Design and Construction Facility Monitoring Closure No Discharge, No pollution 45

46 Site Information Environmental Soil, Geology, Surface Water, Groundwater, Wetlands, Floodplains Real Property Survey/Lease, Adjacent Owners, Receptors 46

47 47 Wetlands Map USGS Topographic Map Environmental Information

48 48 Groundwater Flood Maps Environmental Information

49 49 Facility A-125 Survey & Lease Plat / Copy of Lease S. AVITT A-047 V. Lang A-126 T & N.O.R.R.C.O 1 inch = 500 feet N 1.2 acres

50 50 Facility Mr. & Mrs. Brown 123 Sesame Street Victoria, TX A B C D E Count Chocula 456 Sugar Drive Transylvania, TX F Billy Madison 911 Porsche Court Austin, TX Offset Landowners

51 Notification Surface owner permission Adjacent owner notification with copy of application Public notice in accordance with H.B. 480 of the 79 th Legislature – Notice of application in a newspaper of general circulation in the county with affidavit – Once a week for two consecutive weeks 51

52 Receptors within 500 feet feet 500 feet 300 feet

53 inch = 500 feet

54 Facility Design and Construction Facility Diagram Storage Liner info, cross sections, capacities Processing / Treatment Equipment Flow Diagram of process Chemicals & aggregates Stormwater Management Contact / Non-contact areas 24-hour, 25-year rainfall event 54

55 Storage Pit Processing Pad Equipment Tanks Facility Diagram Dimensions Office 6 in. thick concrete

56 Process Flow Diagram 56 Incoming waste tested and accepted Storage Tank Processing Equipment Final testing prior to disposal or reuse Chemicals/ Materials?

57 Facility Monitoring Waste Acceptance Plan RCRA-exempt only, no NORM, etc. Sampling Procedures Product/Disposal Assurance Disposal criteria – Paint filter / 5% TPH Roadbase sampling – TxDOT Fluids sampling – Determined by Reuse Inspection Facility deterioration Monitor Wells Leak Detection Systems 57

58 Facility Monitoring Waste Acceptance Plan RCRA-exempt only, no NORM, etc. Sampling Product/Disposal Assurance Roadbase sampling – TxDOT Fluids sampling – Determined by Reuse Disposal criteria – Paint filter / 5% TPH Inspection Facility deterioration Monitor Wells Leak Detection Systems Records 58

59 Closure Financial Security Closure Cost Estimate (CCE) – Demo, Transport, Disposal, Reclaim Restrictive Covenant Removal of all equipment Empty, Backfill, Compact any pits Final Sampling Soil & GW Recontour & reseed 59

60 STF Permitting Tips Closure Cost Estimates (CCE) should clearly explain every assumption Engineering and geological work products must be signed by their respective Texas-registered professionals All oil and gas waste and products should be stored in lined permitted or authorized pits, or above-ground storage tanks until reuse or disposal 60

61 Thank you. Questions?! 61 Sean Avitt Environmental Permits & Support Unit Main Line:


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