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Brammer Broadcast

June 2022 | Issue 2022.3

Welcome to Brammer Broadcast. Brammer Engineering, Inc. is a full service contract operating, property management and consulting firm founded in 1968 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Thanks for taking a moment to let us share some news and information about our industry and our company...a longtime outsourcing resource for the oil and gas industry.

As I’m typing this at 11:45 PM sitting in my home in a residential subdivision in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, I hear a B-52 bomber low overhead preparing to land at Barksdale. I hear a slight knock of the ceiling fan on every other revolution from an off-balanced blade. I hear a train horn and passage of the freight cars. I hear someone out on the state highway demonstrating the acceleration of their 35-year-old IROC Z. 

So, your typical North Louisiana weeknight. 

Am I hearing the sound of American freedom, or an obnoxious, ear-splitting roar that I’m waiting patiently to end? Do I hear essential goods being shipped across country, or an annoying, brain-piercing airhorn at irregular, disruptive intervals? Do I hear a soothing night melody in my bedroom to help me drift off to sleep, or the last gasp of a discontinued, clearance isle, builder-grade fixture? Is that the sound of your teenage years roaring back for a fond recollection, or a Joe Dirt wannabe showing off how much louder his ride is with the open headers.

Are all those I listed just sounds, or noises? Sound is generically defined as vibrations that travel through air or another medium that can be heard when they reach a person’s ear. Noise is sometimes used as a synonym for sound; however, “Noise” is a generally referred to as sound that is unwanted, inappropriate, or harmful.

In reading and researching for this topic, I found a very apt definition of “Noise” from Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary – A stench in the ear. Unwanted and harmful sounds fit that definition perfectly. 

Oil and Gas operations have been commonplace in many regions of the country for longer than some of the readers of this submission have been alive. There is no doubt the scale and intensity of these operations have increased in the last 10 years as both demand for petroleum products and technology to unlock previously inaccessible reserves has grown. Combined with population growth and residential development of previously rural sectors of the community, the proximity of oil and gas operations to greater concentrations of the public at large is becoming commonplace. As people have moved closer to well sites, and well sites have moved closer to people, the inevitable conflict of sharing the same spaces has put pressure on oil and gas operators and municipalities to cooperate in a restructure of how to balance efficient resource development with the least possible disruption to the communities.

Click here to read more on noise abatement from Steven Roberts, Completion and Production Engineer. 

With only six months remaining in 2022 and the supply chain issues our industry currently facing, the time to evaluate and implement your P&A program is now. Some of the benefits operators need to consider when evaluating their P&A program include:
  • Improving your Environmental, Social, and Governance scorecard.
  • Avoiding unnecessary fees and ad valorem taxes.
  • Reduction in liability and operating expenses.
  • Current premium prices for salvage tubulars and equipment.
Depending on the condition of your tubulars recovered and surface equipment, some operators may be able to move forward with their P&A program at little or no out of pocket expense. However, with the current supply chain issues the O&G industry is experiencing, make sure you evaluate you current drilling, completion, and workover programs to see which salvage equipment you may be able to utilize elsewhere.

Just a reminder for Louisiana wells that have been inactive four or more years, the Louisiana Administrative Code title 43, part XIX, section 137 states:
If an operator chooses not to plug an inactive well in accordance with this Section for reasons of future utility, an annual assessment of $250 per well per year shall be assessed until the well is plugged. 

Please contact David Hankins, Completion and Production Engineer, if you have any questions or would like to discuss how we can help assist you evaluate/implement your P&A program today.
On November 15, 2021, EPA published two proposed rules that would amend the scope of the current NSPS 60 OOOOa regulation that applies to new or modified oil and gas production sites that came online after September 18, 2015.

The proposed NSPS 60 OOOOb applies to oil and gas production sites that came online after November 15, 2021, and adds additional emission reduction requirements that include:
  • Zero bleed pneumatic controllers that use natural gas.
  • 95% control on truck loading operations.
  • Defines a tank battery as a single storage vessel when determining if the six ton per year VOC threshold is exceeded requiring a closed vent system and control or capture equipment.
  • Adds methane reduction requirements to the current volatile organic compounds.
  • Increases fugitive monitoring survey frequency from semiannual to quarterly for sites with greater than eight tons per year of methane emissions.
The proposed OOOOc regulation provides a standard set of emission guidelines for States to adopt and implement greenhouse gas reduction regulations at oil and gas production sites not covered by the New Source Performance Standards OOOOa or OOOOb.  This rule would cover all production facilities that came online prior to September 18, 2015. Several States have already implemented more stringent regulations for new and existing oil and gas production sites to control methane and VOC emissions. New Mexico and Colorado are two examples. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality published a new rule July 16, 2022, with a January 1, 2023, compliance deadline that applies to all oil and gas production sites in the DFW and Houston-Galveston non-attainment area. The specific requirements are similar to the existing OOOOa compliance requirements including semiannual leak detection and repair surveys.

For more information on the proposed rules or assistance with your environmental compliance obligations, please reach out to Will Ward, Environmental Manager, at (318) 429-2267 or
Effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, the natural gas severance tax rate in Louisiana will be $0.177 per thousand cubic feet (MCF), as established by the Louisiana Department of Revenue. The reduced natural gas severance tax rates (incapable rates) will remain the same. Read More
Let Brammer Help Manage Your Gathering Systems

Recently the Federal Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued new regulations requiring that all gathering pipelines are registered with that agency. The new regulations state that operators of gathering systems identify, locate, and register all gathering pipelines with the PHMSA.  In addition, the new regulations require annual reports, “incident” reports, and implementation of operating and maintenance procedures.

Leading this effort for Brammer is Russ Rogers, Professional Engineer. Russ graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BS in Industrial Engineering and began his professional career designing and building pipelines and compressor stations for Texas Eastern Corporation. In his more than 40 years in the industry, he has held a variety of engineering and leadership positions. He led the design, development, and implementation of one of the first computer systems to track compliance with DOT pipeline regulation. Russ has been a pipeline field superintendent responsible for the operations and maintenance of a pipeline facilities in three states. Russ has been with Brammer for 14 years.

He has been involved in education in the Shreveport-Bossier area teaching as an adjunct professor at both Centenary College and LSU in Shreveport. In addition, Russ was instrumental in organizing and implementing the Oil and Gas program at Bossier Parish Community College, and taught classes for many years.

Let Brammer help you manage your gathering systems so that you are in compliance with these new regulations. Contact
Russ Rogers, Senior Engineer for more information.

What is your position at Brammer?
Senior Engineer 

What responsibilities does that include?
Senior Engineer, I am responsible for managing compliance with federal and state pipeline regulations. These include federal Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations, plus any state rules and regulations associated with pipeline operations and integrity management. This involves identifying and reporting pipelines that fall under those regulations, and performing any calculations or surveys required by those regulations. My duties include maintenance of all One Call areas for pipelines that Brammer operates with the appropriate One Call agency. Annually, I prepare and manage Brammer’s Ad Valorem tax filings. In addition, I am a Senior Analyst in the IT Department and provide IT support for Brammer employees, as well as, for our clients.
How many years have you been at Brammer?

How many years in the energy industry?

What do you enjoy most about working at Brammer?
The people. I enjoy the work, but the people make it great. 

What do you think sets Brammer apart?
Again, the people. We have a wonderful team who work hard every day to serve our clients.

Click here to read the full interview with Russ Rogers.


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- John Parker
Captain to his Minute Men on Lexington Green immediately preceding "the shot heard 'round the world".
April 19, 1775

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- The Declaration of Independence
July 4th 1776

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- John Hancock
Signer of the Declaration of


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