Methane Emissions

U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Trade Groups Warn Proposed Methane Tax Could Backfire

U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Trade Groups Warn Proposed Methane Tax Could Backfire

Nearly 130 business and labor groups led by the American Petroleum Institute (API) are urging Congress to oppose a proposed tax on oil and gas methane emissions and instead push for direct federal regulation. Senate Democrats are considering the Methane Emissions Reduction Act of 2021 for inclusion in their $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill.  Introduced…

September 10, 2021
ExxonMobil Launches Certification Pilot with MiQ for Permian Natural Gas

ExxonMobil Launches Certification Pilot with MiQ for Permian Natural Gas

ExxonMobil is wading into the certified natural gas game, partnering with nonprofit MiQ for natural gas produced at its Poker Lake, NM, facility in the Permian Basin. About 200 MMcf/d from Poker Lake would be assessed and certified by MiQ, ExxonMobil said Tuesday. The certified natural gas, sometimes referred to as responsibly sourced gas, could…

September 7, 2021
Colorado Health Department Launches Airborne Methane Emissions Monitoring

Colorado Health Department Launches Airborne Methane Emissions Monitoring

Last week, Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) went airborne to survey methane emissions at major oil and gas sites in the Denver-Julesburg Basin.  This was the first of many flights scheduled for 2021, according to CDPHE. Aerial monitoring will continue over Boulder, Weld and Larimer counties, with more concentrated aerial surveys in…

July 23, 2021
Range Resources Launches Pilot to Certify Natural Gas as Responsibly Produced

Range Resources Launches Pilot to Certify Natural Gas as Responsibly Produced

Range Resources Corp. has launched a pilot program with monitoring company Project Canary to certify that its natural gas is produced in an environmentally responsible way.  Project Canary would monitor methane emissions at two well pads in southwestern Pennsylvania. Production at the locations would also be certified under Project Canary’s TrustWell certification process.   Range produced…

June 24, 2021
PHMSA Tells Pipeline Operators Deadline Looms for New Emissions Requirements

PHMSA Tells Pipeline Operators Deadline Looms for New Emissions Requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Monday submitted an advisory bulletin to the Federal Register, emphasizing to pipeline and pipeline facility operators requirements to reduce methane emissions. “Minimizing methane emissions from pipelines will help improve safety and combat climate change, while creating jobs for pipeline workers,” said PHMSA…

June 7, 2021
Emissions Performance Said to Vary Widely Among U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Producers

Emissions Performance Said to Vary Widely Among U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Producers

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and emissions intensity vary substantially among U.S. onshore oil and gas producers, according to a new study by nonprofits the Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and Ceres. The report compiled data reported by 295 producers to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP), and data calculated…

June 7, 2021
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