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Colorado Adopts Stricter Methane Rules for Oil, Natural Gas Industry

Colorado Adopts Stricter Methane Rules for Oil, Natural Gas Industry

Colorado regulators on Friday (Dec. 17) approved a set of rules designed to curb emissions of climate-warming methane and smog-causing volatile organic compounds (VOC) from oil and gas operations. The rules mandate “the capture or control of a significant portion” of methane emissions from oil and gas production sites, pipeline operations and midstream facilities; expanded…

December 22, 2021
BP Gains MiQ Natural Gas Certification for Haynesville Wells in Texas

BP Gains MiQ Natural Gas Certification for Haynesville Wells in Texas

BP plc has become the latest major to differentiate its natural gas through MiQ, with the U.S. onshore business achieving a top grade for the methane emissions performance of some wells in the Haynesville Shale. MiQ’s independently audited certification system reviewed emissions in the Haynesville that are managed by BP’s Lower 48 arm BPX Energy…

December 9, 2021
AMLO, Biden, Trudeau Promise ‘North American Methane Strategy’ in Washington Summit

AMLO, Biden, Trudeau Promise ‘North American Methane Strategy’ in Washington Summit

Mexican President Andrés Maneul López Obrador, joined by U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday pledged to create a “North American strategy on methane and black carbon” during a trilateral summit in Washington, DC. The strategy will aim “to reduce methane emissions from all sectors, especially oil and gas,” the…

November 22, 2021
Chisholm to Monitor Permian Delaware Emissions as Project Canary Snags Another E&P Client

Chisholm to Monitor Permian Delaware Emissions as Project Canary Snags Another E&P Client

Privately held Chisholm Energy Holdings LLC plans to install air emissions monitors at some Permian Basin production facilities in southeastern New Mexico as it works toward becoming certified by Project Canary. Sponsored by Warburg Pincus and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, the Permian exploration and production (E&P) company expects to become the first independent working in…

October 4, 2021
Permian Delaware Producers, Midstreamers Said Struggling to Control Methane Emissions

Permian Delaware Producers, Midstreamers Said Struggling to Control Methane Emissions

Aerial methane measurements taken during August in the Permian Basin indicate the oil and gas industry continues to have issues in controlling flaring and venting, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said Thursday. The EDF’s ongoing Permian Methane Analysis Project, aka PermianMAP, is collecting methane emissions from the air, via towers and on the ground across…

September 24, 2021
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
Natural Gas Export Market Searching for Stability in the ‘Wild West’ of Carbon-Neutral Trading — LNG Spotlight

Natural Gas Export Market Searching for Stability in the ‘Wild West’ of Carbon-Neutral Trading — LNG Spotlight

The nascent carbon-neutral liquefied natural gas (LNG) market is set to gain momentum this year as global buyers are increasingly concerned about their emissions footprints. The market is on track to quadruple this year, according to a recent report from FTI Consulting. The firm has tracked six carbon-neutral cargoes through April, compared to only five…

July 15, 2021
Congress Approves Restoration of Obama-Era Methane Rules for Oil, Natural Gas Industry

Congress Approves Restoration of Obama-Era Methane Rules for Oil, Natural Gas Industry

The House on Friday voted to restore Obama-era controls on methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector that had been partially rescinded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration. The measure passed by a margin of 229-191 under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) after 52-42 passage by the Senate, and…

June 25, 2021
Wyoming’s Abandoned Oil, Natural Gas Wells Said to Account for Under 1% of Methane Emissions

Wyoming’s Abandoned Oil, Natural Gas Wells Said to Account for Under 1% of Methane Emissions

Abandoned and unplugged oil and gas wells in Wyoming may be responsible for no more than 1% of reported methane emissions from the state’s oil and gas operations, according to research by the University of Wyoming’s (UW) Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI).  A sample of 10 orphan wells surveyed in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin by…

April 28, 2021
Appalachian Natural Gas, Coal Produce Most Methane in U.S., Kayrros Says

Appalachian Natural Gas, Coal Produce Most Methane in U.S., Kayrros Says

New measurements released last week by Kayrros quantifying emissions across the Appalachian Basin show the region is the biggest source of methane in the United States. Kayrros, which uses satellites and other methods to track emissions, said methane from Appalachia exceeds even the country’s most active oil and gas fields in the Permian Basin. But…

April 26, 2021
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