New Mexico Should Look to Natural Gas for State’s Energy Needs

May 7, 2019

In a Natural Gas Intelligence article last week, statistics were cited from the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) touting a 57% decline of methane emissions in the Permian Basin, over the last six years.

Concurrently, oil and natural gas production in this same time frame increased by 125%. The statistics come from EPA’s national greenhouse gas reporting program, which drew data from 8,000 oil and gas facilities nationwide. Production data and ranking came from EIA.

NMOGA Executive Director Ryan Flynn said the data shows Permian producers are “clearly making demonstrable progress” in managing methane emissions. “Advanced technology and new infrastructure have allowed the environmental footprint-per-unit of production to shrink even as production has dramatically expanded.”

Flynn said capturing methane from operations is a priority for New Mexico producers. ” Producers are proving that it is possible to increase production and reduce emissions at the same time,” he said.

New Mexico Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, has made it known that one of her goals in office is to reduce methane emissions and for the state to become a model for clean energy advancement. Lujan Grisham would like to have the state’s utilities switch to 100% carbon-free energy use in the coming decades.

The policy comes at a time when the Permian’s resurgence has pushed it ahead of California and Alaska as the leading oil producer.

While I certainly encourage a variety of methane reduction tactics, I would also reiterate the success that ONE Future member companies have had using their own capital where it will be maximally effective in reducing emissions. For one company that may be deploying an innovative technology, for another modifying a work practice, or another retiring an asset. ONE Future has already reported a methane intensity level of 0.552% – below its initial goal of a 1% reduction.

Natural gas is a viable, clean and abundant source of energy – and one that can well meet our citizen’s energy needs in an environmentally friendly manner in a low-carbon economy, just by following basic protocols.

If you’re interested in learning more, I encourage you to visit our website to learn how our members are reducing methane emissions.

New Analysis Shows Methane Emissions Intensity Decline

May 1, 2019

If you are not an Energy in Depth (EID) subscriber than you may have missed last week’s exciting email announcement!

The EPA reported that methane emissions from onshore U.S. oil and natural gas production fell 24 percent, while oil and natural gas production rose 65 percent and 19 percent, respectively, from 2011 to 2017, (according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Information Administration).

EID provides a wealth of helpful infographics and has also created this infographic, which shows the rate at which methane emissions intensity – or emissions per unit of production – has declined in the top U.S. oil and natural gas basins.

Increased natural gas consumption has generated a truly incredible story for the environment as U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have fallen to their lowest levels since 1992. But the air quality improvements go even further, as a new Energy In Depth analysis shows: The U.S. oil and gas industry is also making incredible progress in reducing methane emissions as production surges in America’s top shale basins.

ONE Future is proud to be a part of the solution for this decline – using uniform, EPA-approved reporting protocols to measure methane emissions reduction – in fact, we registered a 2017 methane intensity number of 0.552%, well ahead of our goal to reach 1% by 2025. These numbers have been independently reviewed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (a laboratory of the US DOE).

I encourage you to visit the links in this report and subscribe to EID for the latest energy updates!

Richard Hyde, Executive Director

Paving the Way for Pipelines

April 26, 2019

Earlier this month, President Trump signed a pair of executive orders attempting to make it easier for firms to build oil and gas pipelines, and harder for state agencies to intervene.

The executive orders are a response to the oil and gas industry, which has complained that pipeline delays have slowed expanded production. Shale gas in Pennsylvania’s giant Marcellus formation has been unable to reach New England markets, and TransCanada has been unable to persuade the Nebraska Public Service Commission or federal courts to allow the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry low-quality crude oil produced in Canada’s tar sands region.

ONE Future pipeline company members are taking steps to reduce emissions and focus on operational excellence. The Trump administration has reiterated sentiments that they have aired before, including U.S. energy “revival,” infrastructure and economic growth; and we believe we are a part of that revival.

ONE Future is proud to be using uniform, EPA-approved reporting protocols to measure methane emissions reduction – in fact, we registered a 2017 methane intensity number of 0.552%, well ahead of our goal to reach 1% by 2025. These numbers have been independently reviewed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (a laboratory of the US DOE).

Perhaps without the same amount of attention, our efforts are also part of said “revival” – by working to make sure that natural gas is a safe, viable fuel for the future, we are happily working towards the same goal. And although we have surpassed our original goal, member companies will continue to work towards reducing emissions to improve the quality of life for all, and for a sustainable energy future.

I encourage you to read the full article online.

Richard Hyde, Executive Director

New Group – 1% Methane by 2025!

March 21, 2019: New Group – 1% Methane by 2025!

If you are an active member of LinkedIn (and we hope that you are!), you might be interested to hear about a new group page, “1% Methane by 2025”. The group is a nationwide assembly of professionals working to reduce methane emissions in the natural gas industry to 1% by 2025, based on the ONE Future model.

This group is going to be a tremendous resource for those of us looking to share knowledge, ideas, best practices, and even just articles of interest with other like-minded colleagues.

As the industry continues its efforts towards a lower methane emissions target, it critical now more than ever that we collaborate on what works, and what doesn’t. The more we are able to share what we are doing and learn about other’s successes, will help natural gas remain a competitive and sustainable fuel, even in a low carbon economy. Please visit the group when you have time, join and don’t forget to invite others. We look forward to seeing you there.

Richard Hyde, Executive Director

Zero-Emission Trucks Help to Get the Job Done

March 15, 2019: Zero-Emission Trucks Help to Get the Job Done

The Edmonton Journal published an article this week about a company developing a zero-emission truck that is one of 16 new clean technology projects sharing in $100 million through Emissions Reduction, Alberta’s largest research challenge yet.

Called the Biotechnology, Electricity and Sustainable Transportation (BEST) challenge, the projects have a combined value of $600 million.

According to the provincial government, they also have the potential to reduce 2.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 — the equivalent of taking around 530,700 cars off the road — and will create 114 new jobs.

As the article states, the idea of the program is to make it easier for small- and medium-sized oil and gas companies to address methane waste through energy-efficient equipment upgrades.

More than 2,500 applications for the program have been approved, with at least 1,500 more anticipated by March 31.

It excites me that companies are really employing creative thinking to lower methane emissions across the value chain and across North America.

ONE Future believes that the only way that we will succeed in lowering our collective methane footprint is to tackle this issue as a community.

A question for all of us is; what else can we be doing to make strides – big or small – in this effort?

To find out more about ONE Future’s efforts, visit the website.

Richard Hyde, Executive Director

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University of Texas to Conduct Methane Emissions Studies

February 20, 2019: University of Texas to Conduct Methane Emissions Studies

An interesting development from the Collaboratory to Advance Methane Science caught my eye this week.

The group announced that it has awarded its first research project to the University of Texas-Austin to study spatial and temporal methane emissions profiles across various oil and gas basins and develop a publicly available tool to model emissions inventories from oil and gas production.

The particulars of the study are available on the website – but will be conducted in conjunction with Colorado State University and SLR Consulting, and will develop libraries of emissions data sets and activity factors. The model will have the flexibility to select custom emissions and activity factors from these libraries or utilize data provided by the user.

I know we at ONE Future will be awaiting the results with interest!

Richard Hyde, Executive Director

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4C Conference Reflections

February 13, 2019: 4C Conference Recap

I spent most of last week in Austin, TX where I was pleased to be able to present on behalf of ONE Future at the 4C Conference. The mission of the 4C Conference is to promote the latest emissions reduction technology and best Management practices in order to drive better environmental outcomes.

I participated as one of the keynote speakers, as a panelist discussing potential new markets and made a presentation as part of the Sustainability Beyond Compliance training session. The one thing that stood out to me overall from the conference was the technology that is already being deployed to reduce emissions. It was also very exciting to talk to people who have great ideas that are being developed that will soon be on the market.

I talked to several interesting companies, and the thing that everyone consistently asks me in regard to ONE Futurewas how did member companies achieve such a low methane intensity level so quickly.. This is exciting to me because it shows that there is recognition of the hard work that ONE Future member companies have been doing for many years.

2019 has just begun, and I’m looking forward to a full year of conferences, presentations, learning and spreading the ONE Future gospel – so to speak. Even though we’ve reached our 2025 goal to reduce emissions by 1%, I look forward to encouraging other members of the natural gas industry to join us in reducing methane emissions.

I look forward to seeing you this year!

Richard Hyde, Executive Director

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Oil and Gas Investor Magazine: The Greener Green Gas

The Greener Green Gas

Better together. Isn’t that true in so many situations? This thought occurred to me as I read the January issue of Oil and Gas Investor. Senior Editor, Darren Barbee interviewed Jennifer Stewart, Southwestern Energy’s Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Tom Hutchins, Kinder Morgan’s Vice President Environmental, Health and Safety and me for an article that appears in this month’s issue.

Southwestern and Kinder Morgan are two of the founding members and I value the leadership that both Jennifer and Tom bring to the coalition. One of Jennifer’s more persuasive quotes was highlighted on the first page.

“Any methane that’s leaked is methane that’s not sold. So it just makes sense from a bottom-line perspective to capture it.” As simple as Jennifer’s statement is, it makes such a big impact. Our efforts together are to aid and enable each other to reduce emissions for the betterment of our environment, but it’s also for a better bottom line. As a coalition, we are working together to support our industry, but it’s also an effort that should increase profitability.

Kinder Morgan’s efforts have spanned the last 20 years, and I’m proud that the article highlights this. Tom elaborated on the company’s ongoing involvement in the EPA’s Natural Gas Star program, and how its emissions reduction efforts yielded an intensity of just 0.12%.

This article highlights how ONE Future met its goal to collectively reduce methane emissions to 1% by 2025 – eight years early. But as Tom also pointed out, “Having already met the goal, we will not rest on our laurels, we will continue to look for technologies and best practices that will allow us to continue managing and minimizing methane emissions.”

As ONE Future grows, we encourage you to consider membership to advance your company’s efforts – both environmental and financial and more importantly help the industry as a whole, as I said at the beginning of this article, we are better together and we all have the same goal in mind, a long-term sustainable natural gas industry. More information on membership is available on our website.

Questions or comments? Post them here or email me, I’d love to hear from you.

Richard Hyde, Executive Director

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Oil and Gas Investor Magazine: The Greener Green Gas

Oil and Gas Investor Magazine: The Greener Green Gas

The January issue of Oil and Gas Investor features an article by Senior Editor, Darren Barbee, where he interviews Jennifer Stewart, Southwestern Energy’s Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Tom Hutchins, Kinder Morgan’s Vice President Environmental, Health and Safety and Richard Hyde, Executive Director, ONE Future.

The article discusses how E&Ps are voluntarily working together to reduce methane emissions across the value chain.

You can download the full text here.

ADNOC – One of the Lowest Emitters of Greenhouse Gases

January 18, 2019: ADNOC – One of the Lowest Emitters of Greenhouse Gases

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has recently come out with several strong steps that are supporting its already committed stance to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG).

As part of its ongoing efforts, it plans to reduce GHG emissions by up to 10 percent by 2023, substantially increase its use of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technology, reduce its use of potable water and cut the volume of waste sent to landfill sites.

In a recent article, the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Environmental Performance Report for 2017 was cited, where ADNOC ranked in the top five lowest GHG emitters, with less than half the industry average, at 39.68 million tCO2e, and has one of the lowest methane intensities of 0.01 percent.

The article went on to point out, that at the same time, ADNOC has reduced the volume of natural gas flared by more than 72 percent since 1995.

One of the best lessons we can obtain from ADNOC’s success is its holistic approach to environmental protection – where pre-production work is conducted around its Hail, Ghasha and Dalma mega-sour gas development. To ensure the project is minimizing its environmental footprint, ADNOC has conducted one of the largest marine environmental baseline surveys in the UAE’s history.

It has enabled ADNOC to carefully locate the project’s 11 artificial islands and optimize well numbers and trajectories to reduce environmental impact and ensure that both islands and drilling activities are placed outside sensitive areas.

While ONE Future’s members certainly have global reach, the coalition’s focus is on our domestic efforts. ADNOC is a wonderful example of a holistic program that we might emulate to strengthen our own efforts.

I encourage you to read the full article online.

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