Methane Emissions

Global Oil, Natural Gas Producers Commit to More Transparency in Reporting Methane Emissions

Global Oil, Natural Gas Producers Commit to More Transparency in Reporting Methane Emissions

A group of 62 oil and natural gas operators, which together represent 30% of the world’s production, agreed Monday to report their methane emissions with a “higher level” of transparency. The Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) is a Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) initiative led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the…

November 23, 2020
France’s Engie Delays Finalizing U.S. LNG Deal With NextDecade Over Emissions Concerns

France’s Engie Delays Finalizing U.S. LNG Deal With NextDecade Over Emissions Concerns

French energy company Engie SA has indefinitely postponed signing a long-term deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the proposed Rio Grande LNG facility in Texas because of French government concerns over hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a person close to the matter told NGI on Friday. “What is very clear is that Engie postponed discussions…

October 26, 2020
Court Rejects Obama-Era Methane Rule on Oil, Natural Gas Leases

Court Rejects Obama-Era Methane Rule on Oil, Natural Gas Leases

A federal judge on Thursday overturned an Obama-era rule from 2016 designed to curb methane emissions from associated natural gas on federal and tribal lands, indicating the Department of Interior (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) overstepped its bounds by attempting to regulate air pollution. The rule in question is the Waste Prevention, Production Subject…

October 9, 2020
Natural Gas Suppliers Urge Cutting Methane Emissions to Maintain Social License to Operate

Natural Gas Suppliers Urge Cutting Methane Emissions to Maintain Social License to Operate

The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA), which last year called for carbon pricing to be enacted, has now adopted principles that commit members to reducing methane emissions.   Among other things, creating “an effective market mechanism could incentivize broader participation from all sectors” to reduce emissions, the national group said. NGSA members are some of the…

October 6, 2020
Colorado’s Ambitious GHG Reduction ‘Roadmap’ Targeting Energy, Transport Sector Emissions

Colorado’s Ambitious GHG Reduction ‘Roadmap’ Targeting Energy, Transport Sector Emissions

Colorado is proposing a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Pollution Reduction Roadmap for the next decade, with fossil fuel use by cars and methane emissions from oil and gas operations squarely in the crosshairs. The draft plan issued Wednesday targets a 26% reduction in total GHG pollution from 2005 levels by 2025, and a 50% reduction by…

October 1, 2020
EPA’s Rollback of Oil, Gas Methane Rules Paused by Court Amid Multiple Lawsuits

EPA’s Rollback of Oil, Gas Methane Rules Paused by Court Amid Multiple Lawsuits

A federal court on Thursday paused a rescission by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Obama-era regulations to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Swift legal action against the sweeping rule change had been promised by environmental advocates, and judicial intervention had been widely anticipated by experts. The U.S. Court of…

September 18, 2020
States Take Fight Over EPA Methane Rule Rollback to Federal Court

States Take Fight Over EPA Methane Rule Rollback to Federal Court

A coalition of state and city governments spearheaded by California’s attorney general (AG) has asked a federal court to review the Trump administration’s recent effort to roll back restrictions on methane emissions from oil and gas development. The details of the rollback, which would see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ease Obama-era emissions standards set…

September 15, 2020
California Survey Finds Little Evidence of Methane Emissions from Abandoned Wells

California Survey Finds Little Evidence of Methane Emissions from Abandoned Wells

An aerial study of 238 natural gas-fired generation plants in California has concluded they are responsible for 2.1% of the state’s methane emissions from point sources.  Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers earlier this summer completed the survey using its remote sensing technology. Study flights were conducted in five phases during 2016, 2017 and 2018, covering at…

September 1, 2020
Legal, Political Challenges on Horizon for Trump Methane Rollback

Legal, Political Challenges on Horizon for Trump Methane Rollback

Recently announced rollbacks of Obama-era methane controls for the oil and gas industry appear destined for a legal and political onslaught, particularly if Joseph R. Biden Jr. is elected president. In a two-part rulemaking, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week rescinded the regulations enacted under the 2016 Oil and Natural Gas New Source Performance…

August 18, 2020
New Mexico Targeting 98% Methane Capture from Oil, Natural Gas Operations in Six Years

New Mexico Targeting 98% Methane Capture from Oil, Natural Gas Operations in Six Years

New Mexico authorities on Monday published two separate sets of draft rules aimed at curbing methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) unveiled what it called “New Mexico’s first comprehensive methane regulations,” which propose 98% natural gas capture from the oil and gas industry by the…

July 21, 2020
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