Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Tuesday it has launched a pilot program with environmental monitoring company Project Canary to continuously measure methane emissions and obtain certification that natural gas from Marcellus and Haynesville shale wells is responsibly produced.

The agreement includes select well pads in Northeast Pennsylvania and Northwest Louisiana, but the companies said the partnership could be expanded based on initial findings and market conditions. 

Chesapeake would use Project Canary’s on-site emissions monitoring technology and its TrustWell certification process to verify that the natural gas is responsibly produced, or extracted using the highest environmental standards possible. 

“Leading a responsible energy future is foundational to Chesapeake’s success,” CEO Doug Lawler said. “Through this two-basin partnership, we will be able to further demonstrate our commitment to generating shareholder value” and environmental excellence.

The TrustWell certification provides ratings for gas wells or entire asset bases. It measures several metrics to certify the conditions under which gas is produced to gauge impacts and risks, with a focus on water, air, land and community. The ultimate output is a rating similar to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, aka LEED, rating for a building. 

Project Canary has agreements with more than two dozen exploration and production companies across the country. It is also working with midstream and downstream natural gas operators to measure hundreds of data points that certify the conditions under which gas is produced, delivered and consumed to gauge environmental impacts. 

Cheseapeake’s pilot program, and others like it, are aimed at validating “the high environmental standards” by which natural gas can be produced, Project Canary said.