Ohio EPA Begins Using New General Permits for Compressor Stations

Compressor stations in Ohio, needed to flow natural gas through numerous new pipelines being built, require a permit from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to get built. The Ohio EPA considers each application independently, a laborious and long process. In an effort to streamline that process, the Ohio EPA began work on a plan in September 2015 to issue “general permits” for compressor stations (see Ohio EPA Seeks “Pre-Comments” on Compressor Station Permit Plan). A general permit is, essentially, a cookie cutter approach. If midstream companies agree to the provisions in the general permit, i.e. they commit to using certain types of equipment and certain standards, the permit process will speed along much faster. In April 2016 Ohio EPA floated draft versions of the new general permits (see Ohio EPA Seeks Comments on New Permits for Compressor Stations). The long wait is over. Ohio EPA announced last week that the new general permits (there are a BUNCH of them) are ready for use…

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