California Air Resources Board (CARB) conducts specialized training at Aera’s Ventura field for air district regulatory personnel who use leak-detection equipment.
When the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was looking for a site for air district regulatory personnel to practice using some of the newest technologies in oilfield leak-detection equipment, they turned to Aera-Ventura for assistance.
It’s the second time CARB and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) have used Aera-Ventura to conduct the in-field portions of their training.
“We make every effort to keep our field clean, and during routine air-quality inspections we consistently meet or exceed regulatory requirements,” said Chris Logan, environmental advisor at Aera’s Ventura field, about why he believes CARB requests to train there. “The technology used to monitor emissions and oilfield operations is constantly changing. Giving the regulators an opportunity to test their equipment on real-world applications provides further assurance to the public that their health and safety is at the forefront for Aera, as well as the regulators.”
The classroom portion of the training took place at the local VCAPCD office and several regulatory personnel from air districts throughout Southern California participated. The group spent two afternoons touring the facility and learning about Aera’s environmental, health and safety practices. They tested out various FLIR (forward looking infrared) cameras, flame ionization detectors (FIDs), photoionization detectors (PIDs) and learned about some of the advantages and disadvantages that were inherent in the different technologies they’ll be using to ensure oilfield operations are conducted in such a way as to ensure the health and safety of the people nearby and that operators are within compliance on their air emissions.
“The CARB class was very educational for all participants involved, and the field training provided by Aera Energy proved to be an invaluable addition that rounded out this most informative training,” said Keith A. Macias, manager, compliance division, VCAPCD.
In turn, Aera employees had the opportunity to learn more about what inspectors look for and how leak-detection and repair (LDAR) inspections are conducted.
As Ventura County has some of the strictest rules for leak detection and repair in the State, the trainings also give Aera employees an opportunity to compare leak detection equipment and best practices with agency staff.
“As an urban oil and gas facility in coastal California, our operations are just over the fence from our neighbors, and we know that their safety is our safety,” said Logan. “We work hard every day to protect them, and the environment so that we can continue to fulfill our commitment to producing the affordable and reliable energy needed to fuel our great state.”