Developing a Methodology to Determine Chemical and Isotopic Composition of Natural Gas Consumed in California

Summary

SCH Number
2018058181
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Developing a Methodology to Determine Chemical and Isotopic Composition of Natural Gas Consumed in California
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
Air samples collection, lab analysis of collected air samples for constituent chemicals and isotopes C and D, report writing, personal communications, and related office-based activities. This agreement will lead to technological advancement and breakthroughs to overcome barriers to the achievement of the State of CA's statutory energy goals by contributing to full life-cycle accounting of methane, a substantial GHG and result in the ratepayer benefit of increased safety by giving a quantified understanding of what hazards are present in the natural gas consumed by ratepayers.

Contact Information
Katharina Snyder
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

916-327-2201

Location

Cities
Irvine
Counties
Orange

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15306, 15061b3
Reasons for Exemption
This project is a paper study that will involve trips to natural gas basis in a number of states in order to collect natural gas samples. Those samples will then be analyzed in an existing lab in order to determine their composition and develop a method by which natural gas samples can be traced to their basin of origin. This project is therefore exempt under section 15061b3 as an activity covered by the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment and exempt under section 15306 as a basic data collection, research and resource evaluation activity that will not result in a serious disturbance to an environmental resource.
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