The issue of methane emissions is at the forefront of not only the oil and gas industry, but also environmental groups, research organizations, federal agencies, and the general public. According to the EPA, natural gas and petroleum systems are a large source of methane emissions, accounting for approximately 30% of total methane emissions within the U.S. The industry is under scrutiny to reduce emissions from all parts of the value chain and to ensure that natural gas continues to be seen as a safe, reliable, and environmentally preferred source of energy.
Why do we need it?
Predictions of methane concentration increases have been consistently above observed trends. This significant discrepancy needs to be better understood such that appropriate figures are used in estimating the global warming impacts from natural gas operations.
Important questions need to be answered, such as: Are the differences between predicted and measured methane concentrations a result of poor predictions, responsible practices and policies limiting the amount of methane emitted to the atmosphere, or something else?