Responding to Air Quality Regulations in Colorado, Bridging Health & Safety Concerns

In response to recent oil and gas regulations, LTE is actively servicing clients with continuous air emissions monitoring. One requirement of SB 19-181 includes requiring operators to comply with site-specific air quality protection measures, including continuous air emission monitoring to eliminate or minimize air emissions to help protect communities near oil and gas facilities. On October 17, 2019 the COGCC (Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission) released a statement that effective immediately all drilling permits within 2,000 feet of occupied buildings will be mandated to comply with SB-181 regulations.

LTE has developed an innovative, easy to deploy system that allows operators to comply with the SB 19-181 mandate for site specific air quality protection; the AirWatch SystemTM. LTE’s continuous air monitoring services includes:

  • Continuous 24/7 fence line air monitoring around oil and gas facilities and drilling/completions rigs;
  • Real-time data access and storage through a secure web-based interface;
  • Automated air sampling device to collect samples for laboratory analysis and speciation at a predetermined hydrocarbon threshold;
  • Continuous real-time monitoring of hydrocarbons, air temperature, humidity, and wind speed and direction.

LTE’s Air Watch SystemTM is a self-contained, easy to deploy continuous volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor. It collects VOC, temperature, humidity, wind speed, and wind direction data, and sends it wirelessly to a secure web-based portal to be viewed in real time. The system also incorporates an optional autonomous sampler to collect whole air samples for laboratory analysis and speciation if a predetermined VOC threshold is met.

Continuous air monitoring requirements are becoming more and more prevalent from both local municipalities and the COGCC. The AirWatch SystemTM provides a quick, cost effective way for operators to comply with these requirements and prevent costly delays within their drilling program. The AirWatch SystemTM is also an effective way to supplement an operator’s LDAR program allowing them to detect leaks in real time. This allows operators to limit emissions and prevent lost revenue through gas leaks.

Through the application of the AirWatch SystemTM our mission to protect and minimize impact to public health, safety, and the environment. Real time monitoring can identify health and safety concerns and prevent health impacts to communities before they occur.


Steve Kahn, P.E.
Vice President

Jeremy Espinoza
Project Geologist