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RULE §106.351Salt Water Disposal (Petroleum)

Salt water disposal facilities used to handle aqueous liquid wastes from petroleum production operations and water injection facilities are permitted by rule, provided that the following conditions of this section are met.

  (1) Any facility processing salt water which emits a sour gas shall be located at least 1/4 mile from any recreational area or residence or other structure not occupied or used solely by the owner or operator of the facility or the owner of the property upon which the facility is located.

  (2) Any open storage of salt water shall be operated in such a manner as to prevent the occurrence of a nuisance condition off-property.

  (3) All plant roads and truck loading and unloading areas must be operated and/or maintained as necessary to prevent dust emissions from the property which would cause or contribute to a nuisance condition. Appropriate operating activities may include reduction of speed of vehicles, use of alternate routes, and covering of dust-producing loads being hauled. Appropriate maintenance activities may include watering, treatment with dust suppressant chemicals, oiling, paving, and cleaning dust-producing surfaces.

  (4) Before construction of the facility begins under this section, registration of the permit by rule shall be submitted to the commission's Office of Permitting, Remediation, and Registration in Austin using Form PI-7, unless one of the following exceptions applies:

    (A) all delivery of salt water to the site takes place through enclosed hoses or lines, and all storage and handling of salt water takes place in enclosed conduits, vessels, and storage, so that the salt water is not exposed to the atmosphere; or

    (B) delivery of salt water from outside a site to all facilities at a site in any calendar day does not exceed 540,000 gallons.

Source Note: The provisions of this §106.351 adopted to be effective March 14, 1997, 22 TexReg 2439; amended to be effective August 4, 1998, 23 TexReg 7830; amended to be effective September 4, 2000, 25 TexReg 8653

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