A Colorado natural gas producer, an infrastructure operator and a Colorado Springs municipal utility have launched the Project Canary responsibly sourced natural gas pilot to ensure natural gas production follows emissions standards.

Colorado Springs Utilities has agreed to purchase responsibly sourced gas (RSG) produced by Bayswater Exploration & Production, a Colorado-based oil and natural gas development company.

Kinder Morgan Inc. subsidiary Colorado Interstate Gas Co. will transport the RSG gathered and processed by Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin midstream services provider Rimrock Energy Partners, after it has been produced by Bayswater Exploration & Production.

Kinder Morgan, as an Our Nation’s Energy Future (ONE Future) Coalition member, has agreed to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas value chain to 1% or less by 2025. Project Canary will provide technologies and data monitoring needed to measure methane emissions.

“Project Canary’s solution dramatically transforms how companies measure environmental performance by combining real-time, on-site monitoring with trusted, independent verification and analysis,” said Project Canary Co-Founder Chris Romer. “Sustainability progress in the energy space is evolving rapidly and this exciting pilot project builds upon Project Canary’s unique position in the marketplace of delivering meaningful data-driven solutions.”

Project Canary currently has nearly two dozen partnerships with large E&P, pipeline, and utility companies. Across these companies, the project has been able to deploy its technology across 100 different well pads. 

The RSG pilot will track emissions across the energy value chain — from production, transportation, and marketing — for consumer and community use in Colorado, where there are now increased protections for public health, safety, welfare, wildlife, and environmental resources following the adoption of Senate Bill 19-181

“This partnership will allow us to further diversify our energy portfolio and expand our commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Aram Benyamin. “This is the first of its kind pilot project in the nation and I’m proud to say we are at the forefront of exploring this newly-evolving Responsibly Sourced Gas market.”

Project Canary will provide real-time air emissions monitoring through its TrustWell certification process, which independently verifies and scores more than 300 engineering and operational aspects of natural gas production and delivery. The independent, third-party data sources provide RSG certification. 

“This partnership with Project Canary allows us to demonstrate that we responsibly develop clean natural gas by using real-time, continuous emission monitoring data along with operational best practices,” said Bayswater E&P CEO Steve Struna.

Bayswater has continuous monitoring on more than 90% of its Colorado E&P activities. The E&P is aiming to have a TrustWell “Gold” certification or better for its operations contributing to the pilot project. 

Struna continued, “Stakeholders are looking to companies to enhance transparency regarding operations. At Bayswater, we have great confidence in the integrity of our field operations and aspire to continuously improve performance and minimize environmental impacts. This win-win partnership enables us to produce both oil and natural gas resources in an environmentally responsible manner while attracting new customers and markets.”

Kinder Morgan will transport gas purchased by Colorado Springs Utilities from Bayswater through its Colorado Interstate Gas Company pipeline.