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Performance Evaluation and Quality Validation System for Optical Gas Imaging Cameras that Visualize Fugitive Hydrocarbon Gas Emissions

Citation:

Footer, T., J. Dewees, E. Thoma, B. Squier, A. Eisele, AND C. Secrest. Performance Evaluation and Quality Validation System for Optical Gas Imaging Cameras that Visualize Fugitive Hydrocarbon Gas Emissions. In Proceedings, 108th Annual Conference of the Air & Waste Management Association, Raleigh, NC, June 23 - 26, 2015. Air and Waste Management Association, Pittsburgh, PA, 15 p, (2015).

Impact/Purpose:

This is a conference paper for the 108th Annual Conference of the Air & Waste Management Association, June 23-26, 2015, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The subject is EPA research efforts to develop testing system for opitcal gas imaging (OGI) systems, also know as infrared cameras.

Description:

A U.S. EPA team, consisting of the Office of Research and Development and Region 6 (Dallas) and Region 8 (Denver), deployed passive-diffusive sorbent tubes as part of a method evaluation study around one oil and natural gas production pad in both the Barnett Shale Basin in Texas and the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Colorado to measure speciated volatile organic compounds (VOCs). EPA Draft Methods 325A and 325B, which focus on low-cost measurement and analysis of fenceline concentrations of benzene near refineries using passive sorbent tubes, were adapted to production pads in this study and include eight additional speciated VOCs. Sample collection began in fall 2013 and continued through summer 2014, which consisted of 14-day sorbent tube exposures at multiple locations around each production pad. Rural production pad measurements will also be compared to urban-scale 14-day passive measurements collected in Downtown Denver as part of this evaluation. Seasonal impacts on VOC concentrations as well as sorbent tube performance from a number of duplicate samples and blanks that were deployed alongside primary samples will be assessed. Specifics of each active production pad such as number of wells, number of tanks, and annual production rate will also be presented in poster format during the June 2015 AWMA Annual Conference.

URLs/Downloads:

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PAPER IN NON-EPA PROCEEDINGS)
Product Published Date: 06/26/2015
Record Last Revised: 07/19/2016
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 316051

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DIVISION

EMISSIONS CHARACTERIZATION AND PREVENTION BRANCH