The natural gas and oil sector has demonstrated the reduction of methane emissions through improving detection methods, according to a report of companies that represent about 70% of U.S. onshore operations.


The Environmental Partnership’s fifth annual report noted that methane emissions came down from various actions, which included replacing natural gas-driven pneumatic controllers with low- or zero-emitting devices, and reducing leak rates and gas flaring intensity by 2.4%. 

The reductions came even as natural gas and oil production increased over the past year, the American Petroleum Institute (API) said. The results included data by some of the largest U.S. producers, including Chevron Corp., ExxonMobil and No. 1 natural gas producer, EQT Corp. 

“The U.S. oil and...