LEVIATHAN EMISSIONS PERMIT:
THE FLARE WILL ONLY BE ACTIVATED DURING UNCONVENTIONAL OPERATIONS THAT INCLUDE EMERGENCY SITUATIONS AND PLANNED MAINTENANCE.
EACH FLARE ACTIVATION MUST BE FOLLOWED WITH A DETAILED REPORT WITHIN 14 DAYS.
FLARE OPERATED OVER 60 TIMES SINCE OPERATIONS BEGIN IN 2020.
ONE BREAKDOWN POSES “MORTAL DANGER” ACCORDING TO REPORT.
MILLIONS IN FINES FOR SEVERE EMISSIONS TO AIR AND SEA.
The Leviathan rig began operations on November 19th, 2019 during its “test-run” trial, scheduled to continue for about 45 days according to Noble Energy.
OVER 60 BREAKDOWNS HAVE OCCURRED SINCE, including:
- January 11, 2020: Heavy rains expose volatile and toxic condensate pipes
- January 1, 2020: Decreased pressure shuts down gas flow
- February 11, 2020: Communication failure with the well head (75 miles at sea).
- March 14, 2020: Operational malfunction forces the cessation of gas production, emptying of gas from the rig and emergency operation of the flare.
- Many additional flare activations.
It’s critical to understand that the flare is only supposed to be activated for unconventional operations, including emergency situations and scheduled maintenance. Each flare activation requires a follow-up detailed report within 14 days.