ONE Future Comments On EPA’s Methane Challenge Proposal

ONE Future Comments On EPA’s Methane Challenge Proposal

November 17, 2015

ONE Future submitted detailed comments and recommendations to the EPA regarding the agency’s Methane Challenge proposal. EPA’s proposed Methane Challenge framework establishes the industry-led ONE Future coalition as an official “commitment option” — potentially launching an innovative public-private partnership focused exclusively on reducing emissions and improving the efficiency of the US natural gas sector.

Tom Michels, the coalition’s Executive Director, stated, “Although we have suggested numerous recommendations to EPA, ONE Future strongly supports what EPA has proposed with the Methane Challenge, We’d like to see EPA adopt this type of collaborative approach as a template in addressing future environmental policy challenges.”

Click here to read ONE Future’s comments on EPA’s Methane Challenge proposal.

EPA Releases Additional Info On Methane Challenge Initiative

EPA Releases Additional Info On Methane Challenge Initiative

October 20, 2015

Today the EPA released additional technical details about their new “Methane Challenge” initiative, a voluntary public-private partnership aimed at improving the management of methane emissions across the natural gas value chain.(Note, ONE Future is an independent industry-led nonprofit, but earlier this year EPA proposed that ONE Future be recognized as a key partner program of Methane Challenge.)

EPA’s announcement today provides supplemental technical information related to emissions sources and emission abatement option supported by Methane Challenge, as well as some of the data elements that companies enrolled in Methane Challenge could report to demonstrate their progress in managing methane emissions.

Click here to check out the EPA’s Methane Challenge homepage.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: EPA Holds Public Forum On Proposed Methane Rules

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: EPA Holds Public Forum On Proposed Methane Rules

September 29, 2015

“More than 150 people representing the gas drilling industry, environmental organizations, faith and community groups or just themselves signed up to speak today in Downtown Pittsburgh at the third and final U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing on regulations proposed to reduce oil and gas industry emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas…”

Check out the full article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

EPA Unveils Partnership With ONE Future In Draft “Methane Challenge” Proposal

EPA Unveils Partnership With ONE Future In Draft “Methane Challenge” Proposal

July 23, 2015

EPA unveiled its proposed voluntary framework designed to encourage oil and natural gas producers to commit to methane-reduction and reporting targets. EPA’s “Methane Challenge” program will work with ONE Future members and other companies throughout the natural gas supply chain to encourage the adoption of technologies and work practices that reduce methane emissions. EPA would recognize ONE Future participants’ emission reduction commitments and provide a reporting platform for transparently tracking company progress against their commitments. To find out more, check out the EPA’s proposal.

Rigzone: ONE Future Coalition Seeks To Achieve Emissions Of 1% Or Less

Rigzone: ONE Future Coalition Seeks To Achieve Emissions Of 1% Or Less

July 15, 2015

Rigzone’s Karen Boman sits down with Tom Michels, Executive Director of the ONE Future Coalition, to discuss the coalition’s plans to ensure that their natural gas supply chain is at least 99% efficient — the point at which natural gas provides immediate and clear climate benefits as compared to any other fossil fuels. Their conversation touches on the merits and demerits of regulations versus voluntary efforts, the accuracy of EPA emission estimates, and the challenges to deploying a performance-based approach to the methane emission issue.

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University Study: Gas Utilities’ Emissions Much Lower Than EPA Estimates

University Study: Gas Utilities’ Emissions Much Lower Than EPA Estimates

March 31, 2015

In a paper published online in Environmental Science & Technology, a research team from Washington State University’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Research found that methane emissions from local natural gas distribution systems in cities and towns throughout the U.S. are between 36% to 70% lower than current Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

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