Utah Administrative Code
The Utah Administrative Code is the body of all effective administrative rules as compiled and organized by the Division of Administrative Rules (see Subsection 63G-3-102(5); see also Sections 63G-3-701 and 702).
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R307. Environmental Quality, Air Quality.
Rule R307-503. Oil and Gas Industry: Flares.
As in effect on October 1, 2019
Table of Contents
- R307-503-1. Purpose.
- R307-503-2. Definitions.
- R307-503-3. Applicability.
- R307-503-4. Auto-Igniters.
- R307-503-5. Recordkeeping.
- Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment
- Notice of Continuation
- Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law
R307-503 establishes conditions to ensure that flares used in the oil and gas industry are operated effectively.
(1) "Auto igniter" means a device which will automatically attempt to relight the pilot flame of a flare in order to combust volatile organic compound emissions.
(2) "Enclosed flare" means a flare that has an enclosed flame.
(3) "Flare" means a thermal oxidation system designed to combust hydrocarbons in the presence of a flame.
(4) "Open flare" means a flare that has an open (without enclosure) flame.
(1) R307-503 applies to all oil and gas exploration and production operations, well sites, natural gas compressor stations, and natural gas processing plants in Utah.
(2) R307-503 does not apply to oil refineries.
(1) Flares used to control emissions of volatile organic compounds shall be equipped with and operate an auto-igniter as follows:
(a) All open flares and all enclosed flares installed on or after January 1, 2015, shall be equipped with an operational auto-igniter upon installation of the flare.
(b) All enclosed flares installed before January 1, 2015 in Duchesne County or Uintah County shall be equipped with an operational auto-igniter by December 1, 2015, or after the next flare planned shutdown, whichever comes first.
(c) All enclosed flares installed before January 1, 2015 in all other areas of Utah shall be equipped with an operational auto-igniter by April 1, 2017, or after the next flare planned shutdown, whichever comes first.
The owner or operator shall maintain records demonstrating the date of installation and manufacturer specifications for each auto-igniter required under R307-503-4.
air pollution, oil, gas, flares
December 1, 2014
September 5, 2019
For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R307, please contact the promulgating agency (Environmental Quality, Air Quality). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.