You're Invited: BOEM Webinar Shares Findings on Estimated Air Emissions Associated with Future Removal of Oil and Gas Platforms Offshore California

09-11-2019 California

Contact: John Romero
(805)384-6324

BOEM invites you to an informational webinar on September 17, 2019 about air emissions associated with future decommissioning of offshore oil and gas platforms in federal waters off California. Webinar details can be found below: 

Air Emissions Associated with Decommissioning Operations
for Pacific OCS Oil and Gas Platforms
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (PDT)

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WebEx Password: xhx9MEjU
Audio Call in: (866) 798-1232
Participant Audio Code: 2730242
For technical assistance, contact John Sanchez at (805) 384-6315

BOEM Physical Scientist Mark Eckenrode will host the webinar, at which MRS Environmental will present findings of their recently completed BOEM-funded study entitled "Air Emissions Associated with Decommissioning Operations for Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Platforms.” The webinar will present the results of an in-depth analysis of the equipment assessments, timing, emission controls, and resultant air emissions expected from each of six decommissioning phases for Pacific OCS oil and gas platforms and their respective Air Agency jurisdictions. 

Since 1968, offshore oil and gas production platforms have been present in federal waters off the southern California coast. These platforms have finite economic life spans and, at the end of their productive life, will be decommissioned and removed. One of the most substantial environmental impacts from oil and gas decommissioning activities in the Pacific OCS is expected to be from air emissions produced from the use of heavy equipment, along with the associated impact on regional air quality. BOEM commissioned a study to estimate impacts of air pollutants from decommissioning operations on the human and marine environments, and to develop scientific methods and tools for environmental mitigation assessment for decommissioning oil and gas facilities on the Pacific OCS.

The two-volume report from the study (OCS Study BOEM 2019-016) is available on BOEM's website at https://www.boem.gov/Pacific-Completed-Studies/.