The South Coast Air Quality Management District is proposing new measures aimed at reducing odors and exposure to potentially hazardous emissions from oil fields. The agency is updating Rule 1148.1 to limit the release of volatile organic compounds from oil operations because of growing awareness of oil drilling emissions and proximity of oil drilling sites to residential areas. The update may include enhancing protections at sites within 1,500 feet of sensitive receptors (i.e. homes and schools), easing the burden of confirming that a site is problematic, and increasing transparency around monitoring results.
A workshop was held on the proposed update on November 13th. People requested continuous emissions monitoring and disclosure of monitoring results, complaints, and violations. The agency plans on holding another workshop in January of 2015 and finalizing language by April 2015. You can view the workshop presentation and find additional information on the update process here at aqmd.gov/home/regulations/rules/proposed-rules#1148.1
– Community Health Council