APCD Hearing Board Agenda – April 6, 2016

April 6, 2016     Agenda (PDF)

9:30 a.m. – Call to Order – Roll Call
Election of Chair and Vice-Chair for 2016
Administration of Oath to Participants
Approval of minutes of the December 2, 2015 meeting
Requests for continuance or addition of Ex-Agenda items
Announcements/Staff Reports
Public Comment Period

Public Hearings

1)  Case No. – 2016-06-R – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455     (See PetitionStaff Report and Draft Variance)

Hearing – To consider an application by Freeport McMoRan (FMOG) submitted on March 10, 2016 for a Regular Variance from District Rules 328 and 206, Conditions 9.B.2, 9.C.1(b), 9.C.13, 9.C.15, 9.C.21, 9.C.26(n), and 9.D.4 of Part 70/Permit to Operate 5704-R4. The Petitioner operates the equipment described in the Petition at the Gaviota Oil & Heating Facility (GOHF), located at 17100 Calle Mariposa Reina, Gaviota, CA and is currently operating under Interim Variance Order 2016-05-I.

2)  Case No. – 2016-08-R – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455     (See PetitionStaff Report and Draft Variance)

Hearing – To consider an application by Freeport McMoRan (FMOG) submitted on March 10, 2016 for a Regular Variance from District Rule 206, Conditions 9.B.2, 9.C.3, 9.C.26(h), and 9.C.26(i) of Part 70/Permit to Operate 9103-R4. The Petitioner operates the equipment described in the Petition at Platform Harvest (Harvest), located on offshore lease tract OCS-P-0315, approximately ten miles offshore of Point Arguello, California and is currently operating under Interim Variance Order 2016-07-I.

3)  Case No. – 2016-10-R – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455     (See PetitionStaff Report and Draft Variance)

Hearing – To consider an application by Freeport McMoRan (FMOG) submitted on March 10, 2016 for a Regular Variance from District Rule 206, Conditions 9.B.2, 9.C.3, 9.C.24(h), and 9.C.24(i) of Part 70/Permit to Operate 9104-R4. The Platform Hermosa (Hermosa), located on offshore lease tract OCS-P-0316, approximately ten miles offshore of Point Arguello, California and is currently operating under Interim Variance Order 2016-09-I.

4)  Case No. – 2016-12-R – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455     (See PetitionStaff Report and Draft Variance)

Hearing – To consider an application by Freeport McMoRan (FMOG) submitted on March 10, 2016 for a Regular Variance from District Rule 206, Conditions 9.B.2, 9.C.3, 9.C.24(h), and 9.C.24(i) of Part 70/Permit to Operate 9105-R4. The Petitioner operates the equipment described in the Petition at Platform Hidalgo (Hidalgo), located on offshore lease tract OCS-P-0450, approximately seven miles offshore of Point Arguello, California and is currently operating under Interim Variance Order 2016-11-I.

5)  Case No. – 2016-13-R – ExxonMobil Production Company, 12000 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117     (See PetitionStaff Report and Draft Variance)

Hearing – To consider an application by ExxonMobil Production Company submitted on March 11, 2016 for the Modification of a Final Compliance Date of Regular Variance 2015-15-R. The Petitioner is requesting continued relief from District Rules 328, 206, and Conditions 9.C.7(a)(i), 9.C.12 and 9.C.12(a) of Permit to Operate 8092-R8. The Petitioner operates the equipment described in this Petition at its gas processing plant, approximately 25 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, CA.

VIII.      Administrative Agenda

Approved by vote on one motion. These items read only on request of Hearing Board members.  The following Variance Orders have been approved by the Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board. These orders are available for inspection and reproduction during normal business hours at the office of the Air Pollution Control District, 260 North San Antonio Rd., Suite A, Santa Barbara, California 93110.

A-1)      Case No. – 2015-40-E – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455

On November 12, 2015 Hearing Board member Larry Lavagnino approved an Emergency Variance for the period of November 5, 2015 through December 4, 2015. Said variance provides relief from District Rule 331.E.1(f) and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s Well C-1 while repairs are made to a leak in a casing valve.

A-2)      Case No. – 2015-41-I – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455

On December 2, 2015 Hearing Board member Larry Lavagnino approved an Interim Variance for the period of December 5, 2015 through March 3, 2016, or the date of decision regarding the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first. Said variance provides relief from District Rules 331.E.1(f) and 206, Condition 9.C.4 of Part 70/Permit to Operate 9105 and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s Well C-1 while repairs are made to a leak in a casing valve.

A-3)      Case No. – 2015-42-N – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455

On January 7, 2016 Hearing Board member Larry Lavagnino approved a 90-Day Variance for the period of December 5, 2015 through March 3, 2016, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first. Said variance provides relief from District Rules 331.E.1(f) and 206, Condition 9.C.4 of Part 70/Permit to Operate 9105 and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s Well C-1 while repairs are made to a leak in a casing valve.

A-4)      Case No. – 2016-01-E – ExxonMobil Production Company, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455

On January 7, 2016 Hearing Board member Donald Ward approved an Emergency Variance for the period of January 7, 2016 through February 5, 2016. Said variance provides relief from District Rules 359.D.1.a and 206, Conditions 9.C.2(a) and 9.C.2(b)(iv) of Part 70/Permit to Operate 8092 and allows for operation of the Thermal Oxidizer (A-803) in order to bring the facility into a preserved state.

A-5)      Case No. – 2016-02-I – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455

On January 19, 2016 Hearing Board member David Schmarje approved an Interim Variance for the period of January 12, 2016 through April 10, 2016, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first. Said variance provides relief from District Rules 328 and 206, Condition 9.C.2(c)(iv) of Part 70/Permit to Operate 9106 and allows for continued operation of Petitioner’s H2S analyzer while repairs are made.

A-6)      Case No. – 2016-03-N – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455

On February 1, 2016 Hearing Board member David Schmarje approved a 90-Day Variance for the period of January 12, 2016 through April 10, 2016, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first. Said variance provides relief from District Rules 328 and 206, Condition 9.C.2(c)(iv) of Part 70/Permit to Operate 9106 and allows for continued operation of Petitioner’s H2S analyzer while repairs are made.

A-7)      Case No. – 2016-04-E – Santa Maria Energy, 2811 Airpark Drive, CA 93455

On March 11, 2016 Hearing Board member Larry Lavagnino approved an Emergency Variance for the period of March 16, 2016 through April 14, 2016. Said variance provides relief from District Rules 359 and 206, Condition 6 Permit to Operate 8896 and allows for operation of Petitioner’s Careaga Lease without an operable Thermal Oxidizer.

A-8)      Case No. – 2016-05-I – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455

On March 17, 2016 Hearing Board member David Schmarje approved an Interim Variance for the period of March 11, 2016 through June 8, 2016, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a Regular Variance, whichever occurs first. Said variance provides relief from District Rules 328 and 206, Conditions 9.B.2, 9.C.1(b), 9.C.13, 9.C.15, 9.C.21, 9.C.26(n), and 9.D.4 of Part 70/Permit to Operate 5704 and allows for operation of the Gaviota Oil Heating Facility in a standby and suspended status.

A-9)      Case No. – 2016-07-I – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455

On March 17, 2016 Hearing Board member David Schmarje approved an Interim Variance for the period of March 11, 2016 through June 8, 2016, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a Regular Variance, whichever occurs first. Said variance provides relief from District Rule 206, Conditions 9.B.2, 9.C.3, 9.C.26(h), and 9.C.26(i) of Part 70/Permit to Operate 9103 and allows for operation of Platform Harvest in a standby and suspended status.

A-10)    Case No. – 2016-09-I – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455

On March 17, 2016 Hearing Board member David Schmarje approved an Interim Variance for the period of March 11, 2016 through June 8, 2016, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a Regular Variance, whichever occurs first. Said variance provides relief from District Rule 206, Conditions 9.B.2, 9.C.3, 9.C.24(h), and 9.C.24(i) of Part 70/Permit to Operate 9104 and allows for operation of the Platform Hermosa in a standby and suspended status.

A-11)    Case No. – 2016-11-I – Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455

On March 17, 2016 Hearing Board member David Schmarje approved an Interim Variance for the period of March 11, 2016 through June 8, 2016, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a Regular Variance, whichever occurs first. Said variance provides relief from District Rule 206, Conditions 9.B.2, 9.C.3, 9.C.24(h), and 9.C.24(i) of Part 70/Permit to Operate 9105 and allows for operation of Platform Hidalgo in a standby and suspended status.

Adjourn

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