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New Methane Emissions Proposal to be Discussed at CH4 Connections

New Methane Emissions Proposal to be Discussed at Methane Emissions Forum—CH4 Connections

08/20/15 Des Plaines, IL

CH4 Connections Methane Emissions Conference

Reduction of methane emissions has become a high-profile national issue, with many environmental groups and the Obama administration calling for action. Most recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing regulations aimed at cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels over the next decade.

A number of energy corporations, environmental organizations and federal agencies are already working to address these emissions. As the role of natural gas grows in importance as a critical segment of the nation’s energy portfolio, the energy industry is grappling with regulatory and economic challenges related to methane emissions.

Jointly sponsored by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), CH4 Connections 2015 is a unique forum that will bring together diverse interests to discuss national policy and the quickly evolving regulatory landscape, coupled with the latest advancements in emissions monitoring and reductions, helping to pave the way for future innovations. CH4 Connections 2015 will be held October 6-7 at the Woodlands, near Houston, TX, and will feature lively panel discussions on how policymakers, environmentalists, industry, and researchers collaborate to reduce methane emissions. The two-day event includes a technology showcase and a poster display of topical work by researchers, academics, and students.

A variety of speakers representing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), EPA, state agencies, and academia, plus representatives from gas producers, transmission pipelines, and gas distributors, will be discussing policy, environmental issues, and technical challenges regarding measuring, mitigating, and weighing the impact of methane emissions in the oil and gas industry.

Featured Speakers:
  • Paula Gant. Deputy Assistant Secretary, Oil and Natural Gas Department, Energy Office of Fossil Energy
  • Paul M. Gunning, Director, Climate Change Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dr. Bryan Willson, Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
  • Pamela Lacey, Senior Managing Counsel, Environment, American Gas Association (AGA)
  • Matt Godlewski, CEO, NGVAmerica
    Panel Discussions:
  • Initiatives to Reduce Methane Emissions: Policies and Regulations
  • R&D Programs to Reduce Methane Emissions
  • Bottom Up and Top Down Approaches to Quantify Methane Emissions
  • Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) Emissions

    Participants will also hear presentations from more than 15 organizations dedicated to developing low-cost, highly sensitive systems that detect and measure methane associated with the production and transportation of oil and natural gas.

    Visit www.gastechnology.org/ch4 for more information or to register for the event.

    About Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
    GTI is a leading research, development and training organization that has been addressing global energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry, and government for nearly 75 years.

    About Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
    HARC, a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated as Houston Advanced Research Center, is a research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers. The organization is focused on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish.

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