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BLM Montana and Dakotas. Emission Inventories, Resource Management Plans (RMPs ) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) April 16, 2013 Susan Bassett Air Resource Specialist BLM Montana/Dakotas State Office. Welcome. Thank you for attending !

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blm montana and dakotas

BLM Montana and Dakotas

Emission Inventories, Resource Management Plans (RMPs)

and

Environmental Impact Statements (EISs)

April 16, 2013

Susan Bassett

Air Resource Specialist

BLM Montana/Dakotas State Office

welcome
Welcome
  • Thank you for attending!
  • Provide context for this emission inventory effort
  • Goal: To achieve better air quality analysis with your participation
reasons for regional emission inventories
Reasons for Regional Emission Inventories
  • Support Photochemical Grid Modeling (PGM) for multiple RMPs and Associated EISs
  • Reduce costs for operators
  • Speed approval time for oil and gas projects
  • Provide high-quality data for other air resource studies
blm planning efforts in mt daks
BLM Planning Efforts in MT/DAKs
  • Ongoing RMPs/EISs
    • Billings/Pompeys Pillar
    • Miles City Field Office
    • HiLine District
    • South Dakota Field Office
  • Future RMP/EIS Revisions
    • Lewistown Field Office
    • North Dakota Field Office
air quality oil and gas mou
Air Quality Oil and Gas MOU
  • Signed June 23, 2011
  • Participants
    • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    • National Park Service (NPS)
    • US Forest Service (USFS)
  • BLM specifically requests comments of Air Resource Management Plans (ARMPs) in RMP/EIS appendices
pgm benefits
PGM Benefits
  • One model addresses:
    • Criteria pollutants
    • Air Quality Related Values (AQRVs) including visibility, deposition, lake acidification
  • Model “selected” alternatives for many field offices
  • Under Air Quality Oil and Gas MOU
    • Can “tier to” this PGM analysis rather than conduct new PGM analysis
improve emission accuracy
Improve Emission Accuracy
  • “Conservative” emissions are the default unless adequate data is gathered to reflect actual operations
    • Equipment types
    • Basin-specific practices
    • Basin-specific emission controls
    • Compliance with new/recent regulations
  • We need your help
  • Now is the time to participate
thank you
Thank You!

Please contact me if you have questions.

Susan BassettAir Resource SpecialistBLM Montana/Dakotas State Office406-896-5029sbassett@blm.gov