Methane Emissions

Stricter Methane Limits Expected for Oil, Natural Gas as Senate Votes Against Trump-Era Rollback

Stricter Methane Limits Expected for Oil, Natural Gas as Senate Votes Against Trump-Era Rollback

Potentially clearing the way for stricter regulations for oil and natural gas operations, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution to undo the Trump administration’s rollback of methane emissions standards. By a 52-42 roll call vote divided largely along party lines, passage of Senate Joint Resolution 14 signaled disapproval under the Congressional Review Act,…

April 29, 2021
EQT Looking to Lead in Certifying U.S. Natural Gas Supply

EQT Looking to Lead in Certifying U.S. Natural Gas Supply

EQT Corp., the nation’s largest natural gas producer, is pushing to ensure most of its Appalachian Basin supply is responsibly sourced and marketed as the globe transitions from fossil fuels. The pilot program, set to be launched this month, is designed to certify around 4 Bcf/d gross from 200-plus well pads in Pennsylvania’s Greene and…

April 15, 2021
Hydraulic Fracturing Absolved of Methane Leaks in Review of 25,000 Northern BC Wells

Hydraulic Fracturing Absolved of Methane Leaks in Review of 25,000 Northern BC Wells

Hydraulic fracturing undertaken in British Columbia (BC) has been absolved of causing methane leaks that contribute to climate change and create safety hazards, according to peer-reviewed research. The University of British Columbia’s Energy and Environment Research Initiative reached its verdict in a review of 25,000 northern BC wells. “Overall, there appear to be no characteristics…

March 16, 2021
Texas Regulators Vent About Natural Gas Flaring, Suggest Staff ‘Dig Deeper’ Before Approving Requests

Texas Regulators Vent About Natural Gas Flaring, Suggest Staff ‘Dig Deeper’ Before Approving Requests

As Texas regulators attempt to determine how much is too much, an industry coalition on Wednesday said it would snuff out natural gas flaring in the state by 2030. The announcement by the Texas Methane & Flaring Coalition, made up of seven trade associations and more than 40 top operators, came one day after the…

February 11, 2021
EDF-Led Study Finds ‘Exceptionally High’ Methane Emissions in Mexico Oil, Gas Operations, Exceeding Government Estimates

EDF-Led Study Finds ‘Exceptionally High’ Methane Emissions in Mexico Oil, Gas Operations, Exceeding Government Estimates

Processing facilities in Mexico’s oil and natural gas patch are emitting “exceptionally high levels of methane pollution” at 10 times the rate being reported by the government, according to a new study led by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The study tracked emissions of the potent greenhouse gas across the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Veracruz…

January 28, 2021
ONE Future Adds Colorado’s Crestone Peak to Ranks

ONE Future Adds Colorado’s Crestone Peak to Ranks

Crestone Peak Resources has joined Our Nation’s Energy Future (ONE Future), the first producer focused on the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin to do so. ONE Future is a group of energy companies set on reducing methane emissions to 1% or less by 2025. Crestone is ONE Future’s 37th group member and the second energy company this…

January 25, 2021
Pioneer Natural Eyeing 10-Year Goal to Sharply Cut Methane, GHG Emissions in Permian

Pioneer Natural Eyeing 10-Year Goal to Sharply Cut Methane, GHG Emissions in Permian

Permian Basin giant Pioneer Natural Resources Co. has formally adopted targets by 2030 to sharply cut emissions across its Lower 48 operations, and it plans to tie executive incentive compensation to the goals. The strategy, to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25%, with methane emission intensities by 40%, was laid out in the Dallas-based…

December 3, 2020
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
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