Work is underway on the Storage Tank Emissions Pilot Project, known as STEPP, in the Uintah Basin. The 2016 Utah Legislature’s budget included a $150,000 appropriation for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality(DEQ) to create a pilot program that would visit oil and gas sites to screen for leaks primarily from oil and gas-condensate storage tanks. Partnered with TriCounty Health Department and the Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center, the DEQ has launched the pilot program and data is being gathered through high-resolution imagery and infrared cameras that show the leaks. The project has two goals: first to identify fugitive VOC emissions from oil and gas condensate storage tanks and second to demonstrate a method to evaluate whether current testing techniques need modification. TriCounty Health Department hosted a stakeholders meeting last month at the Uintah Conference Center where industry representatives were educated on the project and how the data is being collected. It was estimated that the results of the study would be available next spring.